Save the Date
The Arc of Massachusetts Benefit Dinner and Auction
Empowering People With Disabilities
Thursday, October 23 at 6:30pm 
The Westin Hotel  |  70 Third Ave  |  Waltham, MA 02451

Join us for a delightful evening in support of
the efforts of The Arc of Massachusetts on behalf of people with
disabilities and their families across the Commonwealth.


  We will be honoring two outstanding leaders for their strong
commitment to the Disability community:
Tracy Atkinson (State Street Bank) and
Susanna Peyton (Operation House Call).


Click here for tickets and more information.


All Aboard The Arc! 2014


Thank you to everyone who joined The Arc of Massachusetts on May 7, 2014, for The Arc's major rally to raise public awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The day was a great success!  Check out the photos from the event and feel free to send us any of yours: click here to view photos.


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We are sad to convey the news that Martha H. Ziegler died early Saturday morning Sept 13, 2014 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her death follows a serious fall in April and a series of health complications that kept her in the hospital or in rehabilitative care since that time.  She was 84 years old.

Martha gained national recognition as a leader and activist in the fight to secure educational rights for children with disabilities--this, at a time in our country when millions of children were legally excluded from school and parents were urged to institutionalize their children.  Working in Massachusetts with a coalition of professional organizations seeking to end this exclusion, Martha spearheaded a coalition of parent-led organizations. With her leadership, parents across the country worked in partnership with professionals to secure crucial educational rights for all children with disabilities. Today, generations who have benefitted from Martha’s work are living previously unimaginable lives as valued members of their communities. Martha’s passion for educational rights for children with disabilities was a natural progression of her passion for social justice and her civil rights activism through the sixties.  

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Tuesday's primary election marked the start of a new chapter in Massachusetts politics. The three top state wide executive branch seats, 25 percent of the House seats and a handful of state Senate seats are about to be filled with new personalities. Many of the changes include longtime supporters of The Arc who have decided to either move up or leave government service all together. The strong legislative accomplishments The Arc achieved this past year were possible because of the dedicated commitment of many of these elected officials.

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Boston:  Governor Deval Patrick signed three disability bills into law on August 5th and 6th, which:  

  • increased access to services for individuals with autism and related disabilities
  • expanded choices and options in obtaining services and,
  • furthered the safety of those receiving services. 


A public signing ceremony is expected by the first week of September. Together, the bills reflect a major milestone in the evolution of service delivery in Massachusetts.  You can find the bills by clicking on the link here and going to the module – Governor Signs Three Key Disability Bills.  See our previous headline for a full report.


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A flurry of activity throughout the day resulted in resolution of many items in the Massachusetts State Legislature as the final day of formal session began on July 31.  We are pleased to report three top priority bills of The Arc and one supported bill made it through the session. We owe a strong debt of gratitude to the General Court, and Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray. 


Autism Omnibus –opens the door to many who need supports and services

Real Lives- places in statute self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families

National Background Check-ensures a national safeguard for those hired to work directly with people served by DDS (Department of Developmental Services)


The passage of these three bills together makes this legislative period a significant landmark session for The Arc!

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