The Arc of Massachusetts Webinar Series

Providing state of the art information, resources, current trends and best practice strategies.

As part of The Arc’s mission, the webinar series will encompass a wide variety of topics and practices in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities – such as autism services, legal and financial, housing, employment, transition and family support.

These one hour webinars are designed for families, self-advocates, professionals, and the general public and will be offered on a monthly basis.

To access the online series you will need a computer, phone, or tablet with a microphone. Speakers or headsets attached to your computer are recommended for audio, or you can use your phone. Instructions on how to connect will be given once you register.

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Leo Live

Join Executive Director Leo Sarkissian for his monthly presentation about important issues facing the disability community in Massachusetts and nationwide, often with special guests.

July 25: ADA HistoryAugust 22: Passing Federal Legislation

Monthly State & Federal Updates

On the first Thursday of each month, join The Arc’s Maura Sullivan for the latest updates on state and federal policy and advocacy issues.

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MA21 Advocacy Series

Join the conversation about Massachusetts Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy (MA21) advocacy for changes to MA DDS Self-Directed Services to comply with the 2014 Real Lives Law.

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Stay tuned for the latest additions to our calendar of incredible webinars and training opportunities, covering issues from Turning 22 to education to personal advocacy and so much more.

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Upcoming Webinars

The ADA at 33: Its Impact, Your Voices

July 25

On Tuesday, July 25, Leo will cover the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including a pre-recorded interview with advocate and former MRC Commissioner Charlie Carr. Leo will also be joined by Marty Ford of The Arc of the United States. The session also will cover some aspects of the committee which resulted in the ADA and advancing full implementation.

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Passing Major Federal Legislation with Charlie Fiske: The National Transplant Act of 1984

August 22

On Tuesday, August 22, Charlie Fiske will join Leo to discuss a major national milestone in which he, his daughter Jamie, and family played a key role — the National Transplant Act of 1984. They will cover the elements of passing major federal legislation, and the drive toward implementation. A short film from the University of Minnesota on the milestone will be part of the session.

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Depression and Down Syndrome: What Are the Symptoms?

August 24

Dr. Michelle Palumbo and Dr. Robyn Thom from the Lurie Center at Massachusetts General Hospital will present on depression in Down syndrome. What are the symptoms? What should families be looking for? How do you differentiate it from Alzheimer’s and dementia? What treatments are available? They will also discuss their study which provides free care.

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Planeando una Transicion de Excito: Guia para los Padres

October 19, October 26

Join us for our first webinar in Spanish!

Esta serie de dos partes discutira: la importancia de planificar la transicion de nuestros hijo(a)s; como visualizer la planificacion de la transicion; compartir las fortalezas y los dones de su hijo; como hacer la inclusion parte de la transicion; etapas de la transicion; y los mitos comunes acerca de la transicion y como evitarlas.

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