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 Sullivan@arcmass.org 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: https://www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/CHAI-Disability-Services
Federation for Children with Special Needs
9th Annual Making A Difference Conference
Family TIES workshops
JVS Jewish Vocational Service
Connections Program- firstname.lastname@example.org
Transitions to Work Program – email@example.com
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. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDs3ZzNntSG9QYIGDE1zz4LDFTOX39MLGZkAkAUiPCympTgA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Yachad New England