This week, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian discusses the importance of engaging in the State Budget hearings; the ticket deadline for the Gala is fast approaching; help The Arc of Massachusetts earn an ad in the Boston Globe ; an upcoming session on services for seniors with disabilities in Lexington; and more!
Leo's Letter
Why Should You Attend State Budget Hearings?

Over a four week period, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will hold its budget hearings. The last one is the public hearing in the State House (Gardner Auditorium) on Friday, April 2. This past Monday, we got to hear Health and Human Services (HHS) Part 1 in Needham chaired by Representative Denise Garlick (House Ways and Means vice-chair) and Senator Mike Rush.

Holding hearings in local settings is not new, but it is the first time in history that such a hearing was held in Needham. Local hearings increase access for citizens across the Commonwealth to state decision makers, while enhancing our knowledge about the state budget and policies. Hear more from Leo and check out the full hearing schedule.
2019 Gala: Leading by Example
Deadline to buy tickets is Monday, March 18

The deadline to purchase tickets for the 2019 Gala (March 27 at the Boston Marriott Newton) is fast approaching. Don't miss out on attending this truly inspiring evening spotlighting four amazing champions with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The evening also features an exciting silent auction, and a thrilling live auction. Purchase your tickets now and join in on the fun!
We're thrilled to have two local favorites serving as both the emcee and auctioneer for our Leading by Example Gala!

WBZ's morning and noon news anchor Chris McKinnon will be returning to emcee. McKinnon is a New England native, an avid foodie, and has a cousin with Down syndrome.

Comedian, activist, and entrepreneur Jimmy Tingle will be our auctioneer. A Cambridge native, Tingle will be bringing his signature dry humor to our truly exciting live auction.

In the Media
Leo Sarkissian discusses Workforce Initiative on NECN

On Thursday, March 7, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian stopped by NECN's The Take to discuss The Arc's ongoing Workforce Initiative, as well as reflect on the success and importance of the 41st Annual Legislative Reception. Watch the interview now.
Help The Arc of Massachusetts earn an ad in the Boston Globe

Are you a Boston Globe subscriber? If so, we have a favor to ask. Help us earn a free ad in the Globe just by showing your support. Simply go to Globe.com/GRANT , enter your subscriber number, and select The Arc of Massachusetts as your favorite non-profit. It only takes a minute, and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Submission deadline is April 30.

Your support will be converted into GRANT advertising dollars. To earn free advertising space in the Boston Globe , we need a minimum of $1,000 in GRANT dollars. The more dollars raised, the larger the ad — which means more exposure for The Arc of Massachusetts and the important work we do!

Programs of The Arc
Widening the Circle workshop held in Lexington

On Friday, March 8, Phoebe Goodman and Jim Ross hosted a workshop on Widening the Circle: Pathways to Friendship at the Lexington Community Center. Twenty-one residential providers, SUPPORTbrokers, representatives from DDS, and Lexington residents attended the workshop, for which the basic premise was that people with friends are happier, healthier, and safer. Learn more.
Upcoming Calendar
Spring 2019 Regional Sessions
Pressing Issues Facing Individuals with I/DD
April 3: Plymouth
April 17: Peabody

Please join Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc of Massachusetts, for a conversation about pressing issues facing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the family members and human service agencies who assist them.

Leo will discuss the Workforce Shortage Crisis and The Arc’s new initiative to find a solution; the FY 2020 state budget; and how to increase social inclusion. Learn what you can do to be an effective advocate, so you can have an impact on the lives of people with disabilities statewide.
What are the Services and Options for Seniors with Disabilities Living in Lexington?
Friday, March 22 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 237
39 Marrett Road, Lexington

Featuring a panel of experts from the town of Lexington, Minuteman Senior Services, and the Department of Developmental Services. Thanks to the Dana Home Foundation for funding this event.
Webinar: Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts
Thursday, April 4 | 12:00PM
Presenter: Pamela Tames, Esq.

This webinar will provide information about the major planning vehicles – special needs trusts and ABLE accounts – that are used to help people with disabilities become and remain eligible for need-based government benefits while preserving the use of personal assets to supplement care and ensure a fulfilling life.
Agency Spotlight