‘We Advocate For Everybody’: A Look At The Arc Of Massachusetts’ Mission

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Arc of Massachusetts has been advocating for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 70 years.

They serve people with a wide range of disabilities, including autism. Executive Director Leo Sarkissian has been leading the non-profit for the last 32 years. He said that there’s also a “wide range” within autism itself— from people going to college to those with complex medical conditions.

“Some people need 24/7 care. And the families are the primary caregivers in many cases,” Sarkissian said.

The Arc of Massachusetts works to connect those families with services and supports.

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“When we advocate, we advocate for everybody,” Sarkissian said.

The non-profit has supported approximately 200,000 people and their families. And there are 17 local chapters to help make connections within communities.

And looking ahead to the future, Sarkissian said “whether it’s transportation, education, or employment opportunities, [there is] so much more to be done.”

The Arc of Massachusetts is celebrating its 70th year with a gala on Nov. 9, 2023. Click here to learn how to donate to the non-profit.

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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