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Greater Boston Disability Task Force Meeting

The Greater Boston Disability Task Force (DTF) met on October 22, 2020 via Zoom. DTF is a network of regional disability providers who meet quarterly to exchange information and learn about emerging issues in the disability community. At this meeting three advocacy professionals provided disability policy updates regarding COVID-19.

Rick Glassman of the Disability Law Center discussed COVID -19 issues related to infection control, congregate living, hospital visitation, medical rationing, health care issues, accommodations, employment, and housing for individuals with disabilities.

Maura Sullivan of The ARC of Massachusetts addressed state budget advocacy and COVID-19 needs identified for action by the legislature and administration.

Julia Landau from Mass Advocates for Children focused on educational issues impacting students with disabilities during COVID-19.

The following informational updates and links were shared by meeting attendees:

The Arc of Massachusetts

Governor Baker’s budget includes a $2,000 incentive for employment of people with disabilities. Email for more information.

The Carroll Center for the Blind

Disability Resource Network at Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JF&CS)
A free information and referral line: (781) 693-5640
JF&CS Services:

Exceptional Lives

Federation for Children with Special Needs

9th Annual Making A Difference Conference

Family TIES workshops

JVS Jewish Vocational Service

Connections Program-

Transitions to Work Program –

Massachusetts Advocates for Children COVID ClearingHouse

Mass Down Syndrome Congress

Open Door Arts
Drop-in art class for adults with disabilities offered by Open Door Arts in partnership with the Worcester Art Museum.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Waypoint Adventure

Yachad New England