This week, Leo shares a personal story about his connection to Down Syndrome for Down Syndrome Awareness Month; info about our next exciting webinar; and more!
Leo's Letter
Down Syndrome Awareness Month

It was a beautiful fall day in Greater Denver as we listened to a presentation by Xavier about himself, his family, and his recent activities. His fellow students in the elementary school class listened intently along with his mother, father, and grandparents. There should be nothing unusual about a class presentation, but my grandnephew, Xavier, happens to be a young man with Down syndrome. I may be biased, but Xavier showed a talent for showmanship – perhaps a direction for his teen and adult years. Continue reading.

The challenges facing our community of more than 200,000 families in the Commonwealth are plentiful. But you can make a difference by continuing to stand with The Arc of Massachusetts. Continue on this journey to fight for the right for all people with I/DD in Massachusetts to have the services, funding, and support they need. 

Only with your gift can The Arc of Massachusetts stay at the forefront of the disability movement.

EMArc is now Communitas, Inc.

The leaders of the chapter formerly known as East Middlesex Arc have decided to change their name to a word that means a community in which all members are equal. They remain affiliated with The Arc. For more information, visit www.communitasma.org .
Training Center
The Arc of Massachusetts/Dana Home Foundation Fall Forum, Medical Issues Related to Aging with Disabilities, is Full !

We have already reached the maximum seating capacity for that room, so we have just closed registration.  However, we are forming a waiting list.  If you are unable to attend the forum for any reason, please let us know ahead of time so that we may give your spot to someone else. Also, please note that the forum will be live-streamed on The Arc of Massachusetts Facebook page, and it will be filmed by LexMedia, to be shown later on Lexington’s cable TV channel.

 If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please notify Julie Heffernan .
What’s Out There? An Overview of Community Based Supports and Publicly-Funded Services
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 12:00PM, Free
Presenter: O. Sophia Johansson, Co-Chair Mass Families Organizing for Change and Northeast Regional Coordinator

An overview of publicly available services and supports that exist for families of children with special health care needs, developmental disabilities, and/or chronic illnesses. Learn how to access community supports and government services.
With Thanks to our Agency Sponsors: Achieving More Together Through The Arc of Massachusetts Agency Sponsorship Program
The Arc of Massachusetts relies on contributions and participation from a range of stakeholders to fight for increased funding and supports, encourage legislators to pass effective laws, and affirm the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Leading human service agencies and schools that provide services to individuals with I/DD are also essential partners. Agencies that want to ensure that the people they serve have the opportunities and resources they need to lead fulfilling lives in the community participate in The Arc’s Agency Sponsorship Program. In 2017-2018, fifty agencies from across Massachusetts supported The Arc’s work by being a member. They ranged in size and specialty, but all wanted to support critical advocacy for their constituents. Member agencies and schools not only make our advocacy possible, but they also receive great benefits, including access to information, resources, and The Arc’s statewide constituency.

Together, we are educating our constituents and the general public, empowering self-advocates and families, and organizing our voices.

To learn more about the program and to see a current listing of our agency sponsors, please visit www.arcmass.org/agency-sponsors . For more information contact Katrin Aback at aback@arcmass.org
Outside The Arc
People Incorporated celebrates 50th anniversary

On Tuesday, October 2, People Incorporated hosted a celebratory event to honor the agency’s 50th anniversary at White’s of Westport. Marking exactly 50 years to the day since the agency signed its articles of incorporation in 1968, the event drew more than 600 attendees who gathered to show their support. Those present included state and city elected officials, community leaders, current employees, and individuals served by People Incorporated. To view the short film commemorating their 50th anniversary, visit www.peopleinc-fr.org .
Sensory friendly performance of The Nutcracker

Saturday, November 24 | 6:00PM
Presented by Commonwealth Ballet
Casey Theatre, Regis College

All are welcome to this judgment-free and inclusive opportunity to enjoy the ballet. The theatre lights will be left on a little, the music volume will be turned down, and some of the action on stage will be less intense. There will be a "quiet zone" if anyone needs a break. A social story is also available via the Commonwealth Ballet's website.
Agency Spotlight