This week, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian shares his New Year's resolutions; an invitation to join us at the Prudential Center for our 31 Nights of Light event; and more!
Leo's Letter
Resolve to Support The Arc of Massachusetts - Enhance the Lives of Individuals with I/DD Today

As January 1 rolls around, I am thinking of the New Year’s resolutions ahead of me! Here are two I’ll be working on: taking more time to listen, and sharing my appreciation to others on their efforts or achievement.

How about you? For those of you who haven’t had a chance to make your resolutions yet, I have a resolution idea that will strengthen our advocacy at The Arc.

Please consider becoming ongoing supporters of our work. Don’t assume that someone else will give in your place. Remember: your gift fuels us. Our funding experiences ebbs and flows based on how many people give and how much they are able to give.

We are fortunate that so many of you sustain our advocacy on behalf of our constituents. So this year, consider a resolution to invest in The Arc on an ongoing basis.

To all of you, here's to much joy and treasured memories in 2019!

Leo V. Sarkissian
Executive Director
Reminder: The Arc of Massachusetts takes part in 31 Nights of Light!

Be sure to join us on Saturday, December 29 in the Center Court of the Prudential Center, Boston at 4:45PM for a fun and festive evening, featuring music, poetry, and inspiring remarks from individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more about our performers here. We hope to see you there!
Training Center
Confidential Listening Session for Family Members and Caregivers of Individuals with I/DD on MassHealth AND Medicare
January 11, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30PM
The Arc of Massachusetts, 217 South Street, Waltham

The session is hosted by Health Management Associates (HMA) for family members and/or caregivers of an adult with lived experience of an intellectual or developmental disability ( ages 21 to 64 ) AND who is on MassHealth AND Medicare.

RSVP only: contact Sam Sliwinski (HMA) at 857-317-3573 or by email by January 4. Space is limited. Lunch and a $50 gift card will be provided in appreciation of your participation.
Coffee, Cookies, and Conversation
Monday, January 14, 2019 | 10:00AM
Brockton Area Arc

Many families care for their loved ones with disabilities at home. They rely on a variety of support services to do so. That’s why The Arc of Massachusetts is making supporting families and workforce issues (such as recruiting, training, and retaining) its legislative priorities in 2019. Join us for this session and tell us about your family: What is going well? Where do you experience gaps? What is most important for a service provider to know and understand?

RSVP to chickey@brocktonarc.net by Friday, January 11. For more information, contact Julie Heffernan at heffernan@arcmass.org .
Planning for the Transition to Adulthood:
Applying for SSI and Medicaid (MassHealth)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00PM
Presented by Karen Mariscal, Esq. and Pat Nemia, M.A., P.T.

As students in special education prepare to enter adulthood, there are several areas that need to be addressed. One of the most important is for individuals with I/DD including Autism who are turning 18 years old to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Join us for this informative presentation which will discuss why applying for SSI and Medicaid is important, the steps you need to take to prepare to apply, and then how to apply for this important benefit. Free thanks to a grant from DDS and Massachusetts Partnership to Transition to Employment.
Outside The Arc
The Andrew James Lawson Memorial Foundation’s mission promotes inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On Sunday, January 6, the foundation will be hosting an event during the Good Sports Tournament at the TD Garden. Tickets are $16 each.

Auction items to benefit the foundation include two tickets for dinners at two at highly rated restaurants with Boston Police Commissioner William Gross; a tour with Boston’s Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn; an autographed jersey of Kyrie Irving; and four prime Celtics game seats.
Have you used a job coach any time during the past two years? Or are you a coach? Would you be willing to answer some questions about your experiences?  This online survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.
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