Sept 22, 2014 Team Hoyt Meet & Greet

Team Hoyt Holland Community CenterCome for a meet and greet of Team Hoyt at the Holland Community Center on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7 p.m.  An unforgettable presentation of the journey both father and son experienced during the years of proving “Yes You Can!” with a book signing to follow.  For more information call Paula at the Center 508-245-3163

Sept 20, 2014 Eagle Riders Rally Ride

2014 Eagle Riders Rally RideJoin Us for a day of riding country roads while supporting the Center’s recreational programs and program members participation of Special Olympics events.  RSVP is needed  to reserve dinner tickets.  Buy now at 508-764-4085 – Marie Barse

Join our Self-Advocacy Groups

Self-Advocacy is group participation in community involvement and awareness.

Building Bridges will meet from September 2014  - June of 2015 on the first Tuesday of every month from 4 – 6 pm.  Light refreshments are served.

Where:  Center of Hope Day Habilitation Program 1 North Street Southbridge, Ma

We meet to discuss what MASS Advocates Standing Strong is working on to help support people of all abilities and we choose where we can.

Decide to Make a Difference!  YOU are needed!

For more information check out our advocacy page.

Education – Restraint & Seclusion Briefing

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), TASH, and The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS), in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Education & Labor Taskforce, sponsored a congressional briefing on June 24 on the detrimental effects of restraint and seclusion in schools. Filmmaker Dan Habib shared an excerpt from his film, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories.  Panelists described their personal experiences with restraint and seclusion and voiced their support for the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S.2036 / H.R. 1893), bills introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) to set minimum federal standards.  These bills would ensure that children in all states are given equal protection from dangerous practices and create a cultural shift toward preventive, positive intervention strategies.  This event kicked off a series of meetings with Congressional offices, in which The Arc is participating, in support of the bills.  To learn more and view the complete film, please visit Stop Hurting Kids.

(Info from Capital Insider Newsletter 6-30-14)