Advocacy

Overview

Advocacy can mean many things both in regard to what and the how. The what for us is—working toward policies, funding, laws, regulations and other types of outcomes which advance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. On a simple level, the “how” means encouraging, pleading, urging, and providing justification. But it gets more complex when you apply the “how” to “where”. There is the administration of the state or federal government, the legislature, the courts, school committees, etc.

Bill Priorities

TRACKING LEGISLATION – LAWS
Our bills advance areas such as healthcare, housing, protection, education and family support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism.

Policy Issues

A VARIETY OF KEY ISSUES
Policy issues cover changes within government at state or regional levels which impact the ways services are delivered or rights are enforced. MassHealth covers several important community living services in addition to health care.

Go to www.MA21Alliance.org to join the advocacy efforts of MA21 to make sure DDS Self-Direction follows the Real Lives Law. The Massachusetts Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy (MA21) was formed in 2007 to protect the right of people with disabilities to self-direct, and through its efforts helped pass the Real Lives Law in 2014.

State Budget

TRACKING OUR BUDGET PROCESS
Each January the Governor releases his version of the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1st. Each branch of the legislature (House and Senate) in turn develops a budget on which they ultimately agree and send to the Governor for his signature prior to July 1st.

Advocacy Tools

HELPFUL GUIDES AND FACT SHEETS
In this section, you will find various tools to navigate the information on public policy such as Advocacy Guides, How You Can Help, Public testimony, and Useful Information.

Insider's View

COMMENTS FROM POLICY MAKERS
Insider’s View offers constituents a chance to get to know the members of the Massachusetts legislature and hear from them directly about their involvement with the disability community.

GA Committee Opportunity to Participate

The Government Affairs Committee consists of members of The Arc’s 17 chapters and other organizations, who meet once a month to discuss legislative priorities and advocacy actions.

Headlines

Budget & PolicyGovernment AffairsNewsWorkforce Initiative
February 25, 2024

FY25 Budget: Contact Your Representative to Ensure Governor Healey’s Workforce and DDS Investments Are Maintained!

Advocates: our first action alert for the FY25 budget is now available! Please take a moment to fill it out or customize it, then share it with your networks and…
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February 22, 2024

The Arc’s Government Affairs Team Hosts Briefing for Legislators on the Workforce Shortage Crisis, Need for Supporting Governor’s Historic Chapter 257 Funding

The Arc of Massachusetts held an excellent legislative briefing at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, February 21. Thanks to parent advocate Mona Roy for sharing her son’s story so…
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February 19, 2024

A Busy Time for Trainings for The Arc Team – Budget and Legislative Advocacy, Autism Advocacy, and Social Change

The Arc has been busy with community trainings in recent weeks, covering budget and legislative advocacy, autism advocacy, and social change. This past month, Maura Sullivan presented in person to…

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