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This week, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian provides a more detailed analysis of the important increases in the FY 2020 budget; a Nicky's Law call to action; a DSP appreciation contest; and more!
Leo's Letter
What's New In The FY 2020 Budget?

Executive Director Leo Sarkissian discusses the increases found in the first draft of the FY 2020 State Budget, released on January 23. In particular, he explains what makes this one of the best DDS budgets he has ever seen.
Government Affairs
The Arc’s Bill Platform for the 191st Legislative Session 

Thank you to our sponsors in the Senate and the House for championing The Arc’s priority legislation. Currently we are working to obtain as many cosponsors as possible. Our bill platform, featured below, includes a broad scope of legislation which addresses critical needs of our community including health care, safety, education, housing, and the workforce. Learn more.
Contact Your Legislators: Please Cosponsor Nicky's Law (SD 1836/HD 3783)!

This disability protections bill establishes a mandatory registry for those working in DDS funded programs. It passed unanimously through Senate Ways and Means last session, but didn’t pass through the House Ways and Means Committee. Nicky’s Law is critical legislation that is far overdue in Massachusetts. This session, we need all legislators to cosponsor Nicky’s Law! Using this simple letter template, please contact your Senator and Representative today.
Registration now open for the 41st Annual Legislative Reception!

This year's theme is Building A Stronger Future: Valuing Our Workforce . This is an ideal opportunity for persons with disabilities, family members, advocates, state agency heads and their staff, and legislators to interact and catch up on legislative priorities and other important issues. Honorees are Senator Mike Moore and Representative Patricia Haddad. Register today.
Show Us What You Love About Your Direct Support Professional!

Do you or your loved one benefit from the support of a Direct Support Professional (DSP)? Are you willing to share your stories with The Arc of Massachusetts?

Through February 14, we are hosting a contest, seeking submissions of 1-3 minute videos exploring the value of DSPs. If your video is selected, you will receive a $50 gift card as a prize. Winning videos will be posted on The Arc of Massachusetts website and social media and used as part of our Workforce Initiative.

Learn more at arcmass.org/dsplove .
Training Center
Getting from Here to There: Transportation During the Transition Years
Tuesday, February 12 | 12:00PM
Presenters: Rachel Fichtenbaum and MaryEllen MacRae

Participants will learn about transportation services available to people with disabilities in communities around Massachusetts, explore connections between transition-aged youth and transportation opportunities, and gain a greater understanding of how to effectively infuse the topic of transportation when discussing transition goals. We will also highlight creative transportation initiatives around Massachusetts, share a new tool developed by Easter Seals, and feature resources available to individuals, families, and organizations to help solve the transportation puzzle.
Credentials to Careers
Tuesday, March 19 | 12:00PM
Presenters: Jeff Gentry, Rosa Ordaz, and Jan Hollenbeck

According to the U.S. Office on Disability Employment Policy in December 2018 only 20.7% of Americans with disabilities were engaged in the workforce. If we are going to equip 70% of Americans with disabilities to join their nondisabled fellow citizens in the workforce, we need to utilize a wide array of employment strategies for transition age youth and adults. Please join Jeff Gentry and Rosa Ordaz from 70/30 Partners and Dr. Jan Hollenbeck from Medford Public Schools as we explore the array of entry-level employment, credential training and employer driven workforce development strategies that can equip you or your loved one with disabilities to enter the workforce.
Programs of The Arc

SUPPORTbrokers welcomes Kim Kates!

Kim began her career working with men and women with developmental disabilities in various organizations that provided independent living supports and residential services. Over the years, she formed strong relationships with other professionals in the field and developed a sound knowledge of resources and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Learn more about Kim.
Agency Spotlight