July 30, 2020 | Issue #52
Make the 2020 Census #TrueForYou
This week is the 2020 Census #TrueForYou Week of Action. Have you completed your 2020 Census yet? Hear from our Executive Director Leo Sarkissian about why the census is so important for people with disabilities.

The census builds America so the census should look like America. Filling out the census says, “we’re here, we’re part of America, and our needs count.”The census should be true for you, true for your family, and true for your community.
Did you know your car can help people with disabilities?
The Arc's car donation program supports our efforts to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families.

The Arc makes it easy to donate your car, as well as van, truck, boat with a trailer, or recreational vehicle. Simply fill out our online donation form and select The Arc of Massachusetts as the beneficiary. You also can call The Arc of the United States at (877) 272-2270. You will need to provide information about the vehicle. The Arc will take care of the rest and arrange a convenient time for free auto towing. A tax form will be mailed to you as a "Non-Cash Charitable Contributions," within four to six weeks.

The Innovation and Technology Task Force has put together a survey hoping to assess the use of Assistive Technology (AT) and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC), particularly in a world changed by COVID-19. Take the survey now.
On Thursday, July 30, Maura was joined by Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner of DESE, for a discussion of special education guidance and more updates. Don't miss this important conversation.
The Arc US responds to the HEALS Act
"When Senate Republicans unveiled their plans, it appears that almost nothing of what the disability community needs is part of the new proposals. In fact, the HEALS Act—introduced the day after the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—would gut the civil rights protections of the ADA in the face of the pandemic. The HEALS Act is a non-starter, while the HEROES Act that passed the House in May had many proposals that recognize the needs of people with disabilities." Read more from Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy.

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