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Coastal Connections supports people with disabilities to achieve their full potential by creating personalized programs that promote living, working and playing in the community. Each person becomes an essential contributing member of their community through dynamic programs that create an environment that fosters lifelong learning.

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"RESPECT DIFFERENCES

CELEBRATE SUCCESS"

The Workforce shortage crisis is hitting critical levels! About 7 thousand individuals are still without services and supports and family caregivers are stressed financially and emotionally. Coastal Connections needs your help with this URGENT ADVOCACY ALERT to the Massachusetts Senate!

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR WITH THE FOLLOWING:

  • I am ASKING ALONGSIDE COASTAL CONNECTIONS for your urgent action on the FY23 budget.  The workforce shortage for our community has become catastrophic. It has taken an enormous toll on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism and their families.

 

  • Five to seven thousand adults with autism or IDD have had no or limited day services and are still waiting!

  • Program closures are happening, and others are imminent!

 

  • The direct support workforce shortage has stopped many transitions to adult services and across such services!

 

  • COVID has changed our world and our system of supports must change with it. Appropriate funding is key! 

 

CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO FIND YOUR SENATOR NOW!!!

ADVOCACY                                             ALERT

IT ALL STARTED WHEN…

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said,

 

“Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

 

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,

 

“Well, I made a difference for that one!”

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