August 6, 2020 | Issue #53
Picking Up The Pieces: Going The Distance
There is no way that in a few paragraphs I can capture our experience since March. But we owe a debt of gratitude to those front-line staff who stayed at their jobs to support persons with disabilities.

You faced down fear of COVID-19. You spent countless hours outside your homes while you assisted our friends and our family members to make it through the crisis. Continue reading Leo's Letter.
Read The Arc’s 2019 – 2020 Year In Review
The Arc of Massachusetts 2019 – 2020 Year In Review is now available online. It highlights our accomplishments and the progress that we made over the past year, which was made possible by hundreds of generous donors. We are very grateful to the hundreds of individuals and families, our chapters, human service agencies, corporations, and foundations that gave to The Arc. Read the Year In Review here.
Featured
Jim Brett: Let’s celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by reforming it
We were pleased to see an ADA anniversary editorial from Jim Brett in the Boston Globe. Jim is part of The Arc family and CEO of the New England Council, our multi-state chamber. You can read Jim's op ed here.
The Arc US: The Census Must Go On: The Futures of People with Disabilities and Hard-to-Count Populations are at Stake
The Arc is distressed that the U.S. Census Bureau is cutting short efforts to count all persons living in the country for the 2020 Census. Ending the self-response phase and critical door-knocking efforts of the census one month early on September 30th risks severely undercounting already hard-to-count populations like people with disabilities, immigrants, people of color, those who are low-income or experiencing homelessness, and other communities. Read more from The Arc US.
COVID-19
#WeAreEssential: Act Now to Address the Needs of the Disability Community
The critical needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional (DSP) workforce must be included in the next coronavirus relief bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that includes many of our top asks – but the Senate has JUST introduced a bill that does NOT address most of the critical needs of people with disabilities! Tell the Senate to include the disability community in COVID-19 relief.
Webinars
Leo Live: Monday, August 10 @ 12:00PM

Be sure to join Leo on Monday, August 10 at noon for Leo Live for a continuation of his discussion of Picking Up The Pieces: Going The Distance. Hear about our recent focus group results and to dialogue about the advocacy that is needed for our community in the coming weeks and months. Register here.
On August 3, Leo discussed the second part of his series on budget basics and updates, as well as hopes as Massachusetts continues to reopen. Watch this latest webinar now.
On August 4, Kerry Mahoney was joined by Christopher Klaskin, Ombudsman at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Watch their conversation now.
Sponsor Spotlight

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