The Arc of Massachusetts had important work planned before any of us knew the extent of the pandemic, such as the workforce shortage crisis and the Census. The urgency of the pandemic and great need of our constituents compelled The Arc to reallocate resources and staff time from projects we anticipated working on this spring and summer, as well as ongoing programs.
But our work must continue.
As well as helping families navigate issues related to the virus and the reopening of programs and advocating for good policies and funding, we will keep the needs of people with I/DD and autism in front of Governor Charlie Baker, the legislature, and policymakers. We must continue educating decisionmakers, legislators, families, and the general public; developing and advocating for policy proposals that will ensure that people with I/DD have the support to live full, safe lives in the community; and mobilizing advocates.