News and Events for Families - February 2016

Posted by Patty Manko on Sat, Jan 30, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

the_arc-resized-600.jpegNews from the Arc of Massachusetts

Governor Baker Releases 2017 Budget

Governor Baker's 2017 budget provides a positive start for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Most noteworthy are DDS funding gains in Family Support ($5 Mil increase), Employment ($12 Mil) and Community Residential ($25 Mil) accounts.  The latter two account increases are a mix of new dollars and to maintain 2016 spending in areas such as Turning 22.  The Arc will work with partners to increase allocations to fully fund services for those Turning 22 in employment, autism omnibus and other areas.Additionally The Arc with partners in "" is pushing for a $100 Million investment over 4 years for 5700 families in high need in the areas of Family Support, DESE-DDS and Autism Children's Waiver.   

 The Arc's Operation House Call goes Prime Time!

WBZ TV's Paula Ebben will highlight The Arc's Operation House Call.  The segment is tentatively scheduled to air on the 5:00 news on channel 5, Monday February 1, 2016. The segment will include an interview with the Dollar family; as well as two medical students.

OHC is a growing training program for medical students and other health professionals.  The classroom and hands on learning focuses on the unique health care needs of individuals with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  The premise is that families make excellent teachers.

For more information or to participate in OHC, please contact:

Maura K. Sullivan, MPA, Director of Government Affairs, The Arc of Massachusetts,, Cell:781 530-8274 Office: 781 891-6270 ext 113


bumblebee.jpgMoving Images Film Festival 

On Saturday, March 12 from 9 am-5pm Vinfen will hold its 9th Annual Moving Images Film Festival.  The event, held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School,  features films including Autism in Love, Bumblebees, Guest Room, and Love & Mercy; which are followed by interactive and educational panel discussions comprised of the stars from the films; experts in psychiatry, medicine, and nursing; and people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. 

CART Interpreter Services will be provided for panel discussions. Lunch will be served and parking at the venue is complimentary. Due to this year's theme, the Vinfen 2016 Moving Images Film Festival will be PG-13.

The event is free and open to the public, but a donation of $5 is suggested and appreciated. Donations can be made online or at the event.

To learn more and register visit:

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