Judy Normandin

Message from DDS

To: DDS Individuals and Families From: Commissioner Jane Ryder Date: 3/25/2020 Subject: Coronavirus Update for Individuals and Families Dear DDS Community: I’d like to provide an update on the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) response to COVID-19 as of Wednesday, March 25. DDS Commissioner Message to Families_03-25-2020

Fidelity House CRC Response to COVID-19

Hello to all employees, family members, guardians, and members of our broader community, I hope you are staying healthy and safe as we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis. I’d like to update you on FHCRC’s preventative efforts related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. We have developed a COVID-19 Response team comprised of leadership from

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a chance to spread awareness, education, advocacy and inclusivity throughout communities. The month of October is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down Syndrome! Down Syndrome Facts: Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra

We miss you Amy

From The Salem News, published on July 20, 2019: “Salem – Amy Irene Michaud entered into rest July 19, 2019 at her home in Georgetown, Mass. She was the daughter of Mary G. and the late Donald J. Michaud of Salem Mass. She was the sister to Marylou and Donald Gauthier of Salem, Carolyn Michaud of Peabody,

Fidelity House CRC Receives International Accreditation

CARF International announced that Fidelity House CRC (FHCRC) has earned a three-year accreditation. CARF Accreditation for its Adult Foster Care and Day Services programs. The CARF accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization.  Fidelity House CRC put itself through a rigorous peer review process.  During an on-site visit

Community Conversation

Growing Older: How to Best Support Older Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities Thursday, October 18, 10:00am to 12:00pm 9:30am: Registration, Refreshments, and Networking Where: Northern Essex Community College, Technology Center, Room 103B 100 Elliot Street, Haverhill, MA Registration Options: 1. Online at https://conta.cc/2MmKzhP 2. Contact Kerry Mahoney, The Arc of Massachusetts at 781.891.6270 (x109) 3.

To The Encouraging Teacher

“I remember going home that day having more self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-love than I’ve had in awhile, if not ever.” – Elizabeth Mintz Today we recognize every educator who has dedicated their career to making the lives of every student, with or without a disability. Your patience, empathy, and passion are exactly what this world needs. You

Thank You, Lanes & Games

On this #ThankfulThursday we are extremely grateful for all who were involved in the 2018 Lanes & Games FUN-Raiser. The efforts of 24 sponsors, 56 raffle and auction item donors, 12 volunteers, 95 registered bowlers and HD gamers, and over 40 online donors raised $25,000 for people with disabilities!   Thanks to you, over 200 children, teens and adults with