At the end of the summer, we celebrated good news: the legislature and Governor approved a significant increase in funding for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Programs supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism received a boost of more than 8%, nearly $187 million!
This will have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism and their families.
In some cases, it will even be life-changing.
The Arc’s dedicated and generous donors helped to successfully get the message out about what people with I/DD and autism need right now. So, while we all can celebrate the budget success, there is still much work to be done in ensuring that all people with I/DD in Massachusetts have opportunities to be part of the community, are treated with respect, and receive the support that they need to live full lives.
Two of our legislative priorities – Nicky’s Law and the Workforce Initiative – are working to that end.
The Arc cannot and will not let up and you are essential to all of this.
Will you give and be a part of the solution?
Certainly, you want more good news. You can make that happen.