As we gear up to prepare for the new school year, so timely that MA Governor Charlie Baker just signed the final state budget that included the recommended increase from $1.7MM to $2MM to fund the MA Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI), a program supporting partnerships between public high schools and institutes of higher education to provide students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in college with supports and services they need to be successful. Yay! This advocacy effort was led by Mass Advocates for Children – for more info about the budget request: https://massadvocates.org/…/2019/03/FY20FactSheet.MAICEI.pdf

Yay – finally employers will no longer be issued certificates to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage!

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/…/house-votes-to-end…/26924/

So sad that we still see such high termination rates of pregnancies diagnosed with DS. This beautiful story touched my heart, as I hope it will yours. “She’s given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express. She’s given us bigger smiles, more laughter and sweeter kisses than we’ve ever known. She’s opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love.”
https://www1.cbn.com/…/im-just-really-sad-mother-confronts-…