Northeast Arc is hosting the 3rd annual Arc Tank on November 19, 2019. The past two years saw innovation in action—hearing ideas that will help positively disrupt disability services to improve the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and/or autism and their families. The organization heard from out-of-the-box thinkers, people who can imagine possibilities, be creative, and who want to change the status quo.
Arc Tank has been about partnerships since it was originally funded and created. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has served as the host at the Presidential Library and Museum. This year, new partners have been added to support the quest to continue to think big and think bold.
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and the State of Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities are contributing to The Changing Lives Fund to support the effort to positively disrupt how disability services are offered. The Changing Lives Fund was established through a $1 million donation by local business and philanthropic leader Steven P. Rosenthal. To date, more than $400,000 has been awarded to some of the most innovative and impactful ideas for people with disabilities and their families.
Northeast Arc was created in the 1950s by parents of children with disabilities who rejected the assumption that their children should be institutionalized, and worked to create a community-based service system. The 2nd largest Arc of 700 nationwide, Northeast Arc now serves close to 8,000 people annually in 190 Massachusetts cities and towns, Northeast Arc is dedicated to helping people with disabilities become full participants in the community, choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize, and play.
This was reported by the Northeast Arc on August 5, 2019.
Contact information: Northeast Arc, 1 Southside Road, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923; 978-762-0301; Website: www.ne-arc.org