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July 20, 2020
   Cid is planning some new activities, thanks to a grant from the Flutie Fou ndation we've some funds to put toward Family Activities. These will be unveiled in August. We're continuing with activities as planned until then. In addition we're hoping to do some socially distanced  activities before summer is over. Links to the activities can be found on our website home page www.autismresourcecentral.org and the password for any group is Autism !

I want to share some important information from DPC: 

 MassHealth has proposed changes to their regulations on durable medical equipment (DME), and has extended the deadline to submit written comments to tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 at 5pm. 
These regulations have some negative implications for DME users on MassHealth, which Vicky Pulos at MLRI has helpfully summarized here to help people with their testimonies. Moreover, there's lot to say about what is not in the regulations: any means of solving the major problems consumers have been bringing to MassHealth's attention for years, such as long wait times, poor customer service, and denial of coverage.

If you use DME and are on MassHealth, we encourage you to submit comments and share your feedback with MassHealth! Whether or not you use DME or MassHealth, written testimony is a great way to let MassHealth know whether their proposed regulations are adequate, and what they need to do to meet the needs of the community they serve.

The regulations can be found here in PDF form . If you would like to submit written testimony, either as an individual or on behalf of your organization, you can find instructions here. For assistance writing testimony, please contact Harry Weissman at hweissman@dpcma.org or 617-977-4084."

We're hopeful that our next two fundraising events will help alleviate the deficit we are grappling with after the effect Covid 19 had on our Superhero 5K Walk & Run. Both activities will be safe with adequate space for distancing and wearing masks
requir ed. So save the dates and plan on joining us. We need your support to make these events successful so we can continue to support all our families.

Our annual wine tasting event has changed from Wild About Wine to Cork & Keg. We're adding craft beers to the mix!  We'll be at Douglas Orchard & Farm, where we can spread out and picnic in the orchard while enjoying live music. The night will end with a bonfire. Save the date ! Or better yet, since space is limited register NOW

   Our Annual Tee Up for Autism Golf Tournament  will follow on September 25, 2020. Golf was one of the first sports to reopen after the lock down but for distancing requirements we'll only have space for 120 Golfers. If you golf, join us, if you don't golf but know people who do, please share this with them!  It's a great deal, since golfers get to golf that day and then get a voucher to return and golf again playing 18 holes and a third time playing 9 holes.  Want to register? Click here

  Finally,  if you need some adult conversation, set aside THIS Wednesday night and join us on zoom for a parent support group, due to popular demand we'll be doing these every other week. 

Given the temperatures we're enduring right now, don't these snow capped mountains look cool ?  Have a great week. 

Sue Loring - Director Of Community  and Family Affairs
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 

Kris Cariglia - Director of Center Operations
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
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