This week, The Boston Globe supports Nicky's Law with an editorial; #GivingTuesday is less than two weeks away; a panel discusses growing up with siblings with I/DD; and more!
The Boston Globe: Ending abuse of the disabled

"A society is — or should be — judged by how well it protects its most vulnerable citizens. But when it comes to protections for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Massachusetts still has a long way to go." On Wednesday, November 14, The Boston Globe Editorial Board shared its support of The Arc of Massachusetts priority bill, Nicky's Law, also known as The Abuse Registry Bill. The Arc of Massachusetts is grateful to the Globe for its support of this crucial proposed legislation. Continue reading.
#GivingTuesday is almost here!

We're now less than two weeks away from #GivingTuesday 2018! #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. Stay tuned to learn more about how you can support The Arc of Massachusetts this season!
Government Affairs
The Arc of Massachusetts Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Minuteman Senior Services

On Wednesday, November 7, Advocacy Alliance Coordinator Julie Heffernan attended the Minuteman Senior Services Annual meeting, where The Arc of Massachusetts was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation. Continue reading.
The 2018 Midterm Election: Legislative Turnover for 2019

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin’s office reported that more than 2.7 million ballots were cast in the November 6 midterm election. This confirms a record turn out: more than 60% of registered voters in the state went to the polls.

As a result of this election, there will be five new State Senators and 25 new Representatives in the Massachusetts legislature. Continue reading.
Community Listening Session
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
Monday, November 19 | 2:00 - 4:00PM
Northeast Independent Living Center
20 Ballard Road, Lawrence

MRC is in the process of planning to enter an Order of Selection. Order of Selection has implications for how MRC as an agency delivers vocational rehabilitation services, for how consumers receive services and supports on their paths towards employment, and how MRC partners with agencies and providers in the community. RSVP to Sheila Hegarty at shegarty@nilp.org or (V/TTY) 978-687-4288 Ext. 162.
Training Center
Sibling Relationships: Growing Up with Disabilities in Our Family
Thursday, November 29 | 6:45 - 8:45PM
Hosted by Minute Man Arc for Human Services
35 Forest Ridge Road, Concord

A panel of those who have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to have a sibling that is “different” will take part in this informative evening. Sisters and brothers will speak about their vast array of experiences. Sibling disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, and ID/DD. The goal of this event is to generate an honest discussion that will be of value to parents/caregivers and their neuro-typical children.

In order for this presentation to occur, a minimum of 15 attendees are needed, so if you are interested, please register as soon as possible. RSVP by November 26 to Michele Klein at MKlein@minutemanarc.org or 978-287-7900. Please include your phone number when registering.
Webinar: Adult Family Care: Is It the Right Choice for my Loved One?
Wednesday, December 5 | 12:00PM, Free
Presenter: Yvette Jones, Director of Adult Family Care, Charles River Center

Adult Family Care (AFC) is a MassHealth program that provides a 24/ 7 supervision and training for adults with disabilities that need assistance with their Adult Daily Living (ADL) skills. Caregiver homes provide a supportive environment that provides and the care and supervision needed. In return caregivers receive a tax free stipend. Learn about eligibility, the benefits of AFC, and the different situations that can enhance a person’s ability to stay in a home environment.
Agency Spotlight