The Arc of Massachusetts is the voice of people wanting good lives for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and we represent all who are working toward a better tomorrow with civil rights for all. Our educational outreach and advocacy keep disability issues in front of elected officials and decisionmakers. It is imperative to keep it up, especially since competing public priorities, such as health care, public and higher education, public safety, and transportation, are all vying for limited state funds.
In recent years, The Arc of Massachusetts has had some noted successes. In 2014, we were instrumental in the passage of the Autism Omnibus; Real Lives, and background checks. In 2016, The Arc successfully fought for the first multi-million dollar increase in Family Support in 15 years. Last year, we secured a new formula for year one of Turning 22 to match the actual number of young people moving to adult services. This resulted in three times the funding as the previous formula.
But there is so much more to be done. The workforce crisis, the battle for additional funding for human services in the state’s fiscal year 2020 budget, and MassHealth changes are all looming challenges. The Arc also is working to educate our constituents and the general public and empower self-advocates to take a more central role.
Accomplishing what needs to get done is a big task and we cannot do it without
This holiday season, can we count on you to make this work possible? Please consider making a gift today so that all people with disabilities can live a good life.