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Council urges state lawmakers to support Competitive Integrated Employment Services

Council urges state lawmakers to support Competitive Integrated Employment Services

The Council, on behalf of more than a dozen of its members, sent a letter this week urging  the House and Senate Ways & Means Committees to support Competitive Integrated Employment Services. CIES is the state’s only welfare-to-work program; it helps individuals who are receiving state assistance transition off welfare. The Council wrote: Over the

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The March Provider is out!

The March Provider is out!

We are pleased to share the March 2021 e-issue of The Provider. This month, we have a front-page feature on a new state report examining barriers to hiring people with disabilities, an update on TCF’s Essential Workers campaign, and news on the Council’s newly filed pro-workforce bills. In this edition you’ll also find: Commentary from Rep. Michlewitz

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Council denounces Atlanta violence against Asian community and urges more anti-racism practices and education

Council denounces Atlanta violence against Asian community and urges more anti-racism practices and education

Recently, we saw the tragic and violent killings of members of the Asian community in Atlanta. Police say six women and two men were targeted and killed by a gunman who appears to be a white domestic terrorist. This comes after other recent attacks on members of the Asian community in New York, California and

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Registration open for Council’s online Annual Membership & Business Meeting

Registration open for Council’s online Annual Membership & Business Meeting

This year the Providers’ Council will be hosting its Annual Membership & Business Meeting in an online format via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7. Registration for this members-only event closes April 5 and space is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot today. The Annual Membership & Business Meeting will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and will be followed

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‘You just can’t give up’: Surviving COVID-19 with Down syndrome

‘You just can’t give up’: Surviving COVID-19 with Down syndrome

A great story from WBUR’s Callum Borchers: Jo Ann Simons, head of Council member Northeast Arc, and her 41-year-old son, Jonathan, were interviewed about how people with Down syndrome are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. When Jonathan got sick, Simons said she became deeply concerned:  “I went into this really high alarm mode because

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Sen. Eric Lesser nominates Council president for 2021 Black Excellence on the Hill honors

Sen. Eric Lesser nominates Council president for 2021 Black Excellence on the Hill honors

On Feb. 26, Council President & CEO Michael Weekes of Longmeadow was celebrated as a 2021 Black Excellence on the Hill honoree at a virtual ceremony hosted by the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus in celebration of Black History Month. Weekes was nominated by Senator Eric P. Lesser as a Black leader, trailblazer and

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The February 2021 edition of The Provider is ready to read!

The February 2021 edition of The Provider is ready to read!

The electronic copy of the February issue of The Provider is ready to read!  Download it here: Provider FEB_2021e-edition This month, we feature front-page features on Gov. Baker’s proposed FY ’22 state budget, an update on TCF’s Essential Workers campaign and the Council’s RDI work. In this edition you’ll also find: Commentary from Sen. Jamie

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After pressure from nonprofits, Biden revokes Trump’s executive order to hinder diversity and inclusion

After pressure from nonprofits, Biden revokes Trump’s executive order to hinder diversity and inclusion

Thanks to the more than 100 Council members who got behind our efforts a few months ago to urge the Trump administration to withdraw  Executive Order 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. It has been revoked by President Biden, several weeks after a federal judge blocked it from being enacted by the Trump administration. Last

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