Autism Children’s Waiver

Open Enrollment for the Autism Children’s Waiver will be open from
November 7, 2014 – November 21, 2014 (operated by the Department of
Developmental Services- DDS).  Intended for children on the autism
spectrum (ASD) aged birth to 8 years old who also require intensive services in
the home and community. Supports include applied behavior analysis, floor-time
and communications skills development.  There are eligibility guidelines.
By enrolling you have the opportunity to obtain these services once funding is
available.  Also the waiting list helps the legislature understand that
more funding is needed.  Those that applied in last year’s open enrollment
do need to apply again if services were not received. Go
to this site at DDS for eligibility information
and remember
applications can’t be submitted until November 7.

* Information taken directly from The Arc of Massachusetts Notes – October 16, 2014


National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Photo Contest Showcasing Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Making a Living in the Community.

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council is inviting individuals with developmental disabilities to send photos of themselves working in the community. The purpose of this contest is to showcase the contributions individuals with developmental disabilities make in their workplaces and communities.

MDDC Employment Picture Contest Fall 2014


Free Self-Advocacy Leadership Series

The Self-Advocacy Leadership Series is a FREE nine-week training sponsored by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) interested in learning about leadership.  Each class focuses on a different aspect of leadership increasing self-esteem and providing opportunities for students to meet new people and try something new.

The next series will begin on Thursday evenings, October 9, 2014, from 6 – 8 p.m. at UMASS in Amherst.

For more info contact Lee at 413-205-0863 or Tamara at 413-205-0829.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, please feel free to check out their web and Facebook page.

2014 Gobble Road Race

Join us on Sunday, November 23, 2014 for our Annual Gobble, Gobble Road Race at Center of Hope Day Hab, 1 North Street, Southbridge, MA.  Pre Register Online or print off your Mail in Form with the link below.
2014 Gobble Road Race Reg and Pledge Form

Day Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: 9 a.m.
5K & 10K: 10 a.m.

Entry Fee: Before 11-17-14 – $20.00 After – $25.00
Fun Run – $5.00
Course: A loop that runs through Southbridge with rolling hills and a gradual down hill finish.
Timing: Professionally timed by Last Mile Race Management using MyLap Bib Chips. The Fun Run is not timed.
Guaranteed for the 1st 100 Registered Runners/Walkers:
The Arc Headbands & Winter Running Hats.
Classes: 12 & Under, 13 – 18, 19 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 +
Awards for top 3 finishers overall & in each class.
Top Overall Male and Female will receive a Thanksgiving Turkey.
Award ribbon to all Fun Run participants.