July 9, 2020 | Issue #49
We All Must Take On Responsibility
In June 2018, we shared comments on the importance of voting from several people, including two leaders Henry Milorin, parent and former board member, and John Anton, an adult with a disability.

Henry noted: “No right is more precious than the constitutional right to select our leaders. Yet thousands of eligible disabled American citizens are not even registered to vote.” John shared, “I want my voice to be heard.” Yes, voting is a right and a responsibility. Continue reading Leo's Letter here.
Fred Misilo podcast on The Arc and its Civil Rights mission
The President of The Arc of the United States, our “favorite son” Fred Misilo, Jr., speaks about the mission of The Arc and its roots as a civil rights organization fighting for the rights and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can hear it here.
We are pleased to launch our new plain language page, Protect Yourself: Keeping Yourself Safe When Going Out . It contains resources for self-advocates and their supporters to use as Massachusetts reopens.
The Arc of Massachusetts has also just launched our updated Voting Resource Center. Use this as a one stop shop to find all the information you need about voting and disability rights in the 2020 Election.
COVID-19 Updates
On July 9, Maura was joined by Representative Christine Barber for a discussion of all that is currently going on at the Massachusetts State House during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his latest COVID-19 weekly update, Leo discusses the uncertainty faced by individuals with disabilities, their families, and organizations in the coming months as Massachusetts begins to reopen.
On July 13, Leo will be joined in his Monday webinar by Whitney Moyer, the Chief of Long Term Services & Supports (LTSS) at MassHealth. Register for this session.
On July 14, Kerry will be joined by Attorney Karen Mariscal for a discussion of legal matters involving courts and changes that have been made due to COVID-19.
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