December 5, 2019 | Issue #20
Featured
Join The Arc as we light the Prudential Center up in The Arc Orange
We're thrilled to be chosen again as one of the charities featured in the Prudential Center's 31 Nights of Light. Join us starting at 4:30PM on December 28 for a celebration and lighting ceremony.
Join The Arc for the 2019 Sensitive Santa at the Prudential Center
On Sunday, December 8 , join us at the Prudential Center, Boston for sensory-friendly photos with Santa, holiday crafts, delicious treats, and more. Space is limited, so register today!
Support The Arc of Massachusetts
The Arc participates in Google Giving Week, raises over $12,000
Thanks to the generous nomination of our Board Member, Brian Cusack, we were chosen as one of the nonprofits to participate in Google’s annual week of giving, where Google employees can donate to the nonprofits of their choice during a fun event known as Donuts for Donations.
#GivingTuesday? #ThankYouThursday!
Thank you to everyone who donated to our 2019 #GivingTuesday campaign to support Operation House Call. We're still tallying the final numbers, but so far, we've raised nearly $2,200 to improve healthcare for people with autism and I/DD. There's still time to give, so if you weren't able to do so on #GivingTuesday, please consider giving today.
2019 Transition Conference
Presentations now available online

On November 16, over 400 - a record! - family members, self-advocates, and professionals attended our completely sold out Transition Conference. We're now pleased to be able to provide you with the digital versions of the presentations, as well as photos and a recap.
Upcoming Webinars
The Arc of the United States
Demystifying School Psychological Evaluations in Special Education Eligibility
Tuesday, December 10 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

During the special education eligibility and re-eligibility process school evaluations can be difficult to understand. Advocates express frustration when reviewing evaluations and find it difficult to interpret what the results mean. During this webinar, two school psychologists will overview the purpose of special education evaluations and the evaluation process, focusing on the components of a school psychological evaluation and how evaluation results can inform educational and eligibility decisions.
Outside The Arc
The Disability Law Center is undertaking a major monitoring and advocacy project of addressing the lack of community access in day habilitation programs in Massachusetts. We received a grant from the Becker Family Trust, in conjunction with the Becker Center for Advocacy at The Arc of Massachusetts, to support our efforts To strengthen our advocacy, DLC is asking you to please complete a brief questionnaire. Your answers will remain confidential.  

The major goals of the project are:
  • To spark a statewide conversation on the current approach to day habilitation among state government officials, individuals and families, and providers;
  • To identify opportunities for changes within the program, in collaboration with policy makers and regulators, including piloting new approaches to supporting individuals served in day habilitation;
  • To support providers in developing ways to maximize opportunities for inclusion within day habilitation programs.

DLC is working with a number of stakeholders, including individuals with disabilities and families, day habilitation providers, the Institute for Community Inclusion, The Arc of Massachusetts, and state officials. Thank you for your willingness to support our advocacy efforts.
Sponsor Spotlight

The work of The Arc of Massachusetts is made possible by generous donations from people like you, friend. None of our advocacy, education, and outreach would be possible without your continued support. Please consider giving today.