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Weekly Update April 10, 2019
 
     
          This week we continue to celebrate Autism Month with Autism Advocacy. For the first time in 20 years I will not be at the State House. BUT I did meet with my State Senator and Representative last Sunday at Fitchburg's Light It Up Blue event and had an opportunity to share with them my concerns for the future with a workforce that is in crisis. My son's future quality of life depends on a stable. caring and committed workforce. But even the most compassionate direct support worker has to be able to make a living wage to support their family.  

   An Act relative to meeting the human service workforce demand, HD 1130, addresses the low rate of pay for Direct Support Professionals, bringing it to a $17.00 per hour minimum rate. This increase will help with recruitment and retention and will begin to make a dent in this crisis. 

    Given my close relationship with Cheryl & Alex Chan I also spoke of Nicky's Law, and asked them for their support of this critical piece of legislation which will establish  a registry of care providers substantiated of abuse of an individual with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities within the DDS system. The bill will prevent serial abuse and addresses due process for care providers. Last week I had yet another heartbreaking call from a family whose son had been struck by a care giver at his vocational job site. Fortunately a customer witnessed this and reported it to the manager of the store. Otherwise, this non verbal young man might well have been abused again by this worker. This HAS to stop. You have the power to help make this happen by speaking to your legislators.

   Family needs this week have me tied to home,  so I can't be in Boston this year, who will take my place? Who will take up the torch? Will YOU?  

  You can find the legislative priorities for autism in the AFAM Spring Newsletter .  Please take a moment to click on the link and familiarize yourself with the issues. If like me, you can't make it to Boston, you can always CALL your legislators on April 11th to leave a message about how proposed legislation will help your family. Every call makes a huge difference. To find the contact information for your legislator click here! 
 
  

Have a great week.


Sue

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As part of our mission we try to keep you informed of relevant meetings, hearings, recreational opportunities in our community.

Check out the Bulletin Board this week for information about upcoming activities in the community.

The Bulletin Board is a place to have events that would be of interest to the families of HMEA's Autism Resource Central posted. Sped PAC meetings with speakers, recreational opportunities, classes and more. 

To have an event considered for posting please send information to  Sloring@hmea.org .
 
 APRIL  CALENDAR
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 Register for Events @ www.autismresourcecentral.org 
or call 508-298-1610
 Fees for Events are as stated on site
  


FAMILY FUN

APRIL


April 16, 2019
Fun at Urban Air
Pizza & Water will be served
189 Mechanic St, Bellingham, MA
10 AM FEE: $12.00/pp

April 17, 2019
Seuss Museum and Toytopia
21 Edwards Street, Springfield MA
Arrive at 9:40 enter at 10am
FEES: Adults ( 18 & older) $8.00
3-17 Years $5.00
Under 2 years old are Free


April 18, 2019
Pumpernickel Puppets
Puppet Show - Peter Rabbit
712 Plantation St Worcester MA
2 PM Fee: $3.00/child

April 19, 2019
A Visit with the Bunny
& Egg Hunt
HMEA 3 Bartlett Pond Rd. Sterling
3:45 PM FEE: $2.00/child

April 27, 2019
Family Fun for Teens
& Young Adults
Calmer Con Sensory Friendly Comics
and Pop Culture Convention
Becker College 964 Main St Leicester
2-6 PM Fee: $8.00/pp
Register by April 4, 2019

EDUCATION

April 9, 2019
CANDO/HARC Series
Behavior Challenges &
Neurobiology
Mary Beth Kadlac SCD OTR/L
Susan Swanson MA CCC-SLP
6:30 - 8 PM 

April 22, 2019
Ask The Experts
Teaching Daily Living Skills: Breaking Down the Skill 
with Laura Thebodo M.Ed.,BCBA, LABA
7-9 PM

April 29, 2019
Ask the Expert
Toilet Training 
with Michelle Masson M.S., BCBA ,LABA 





SUPPORT

APRIL


April 10, 2019
Parents of School Aged Kids
& Tweens Support Group
7 -9 PM


April 17, 2019
Parents of Teens Support Group
& Teen Hang Out Group 7-9 PM

April 24, 2019
Parents of Girls Support Group
& Girls Socialization Group 
 6:30 - 8:30 PM






ADVOCACY



Join Us for AFAM's 15th Annual 
Autism Advocacy Day 
At the Massachusetts State House

EDUCATE!  CELEBRATE! EMPOWER!

Thursday, April 11, 2019 

Great Hall
The State House
Boston Massachusetts

9 AM- 11:30 AM
Questions? Contact 
Judy Zacek -781-891-6270 x 102
Or visit www.afamaction.org
 


Sincerely, 
                                                                                                                   
 

Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
508-298-1605                                                                                     
 
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