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The Torch

Like a torch illuminating the path, our blog, The Torch, sheds light on the voice and leadership of a person or group. At The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport we honor everyone’s voice; the voice of people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them.  Everyone’s voice is important, and together, we are not only stronger, but also we can make what seemed impossible a reality. I look forward to the light that all our torches together will illuminate on the path we walk. This blog is intended to highlight these voices, these stories, and the burning spirit we share.

As the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, I am not alone in shedding this light. I am fortunate to be a team member of the 700 Chapters of The Arc nationwide.  Moreover, I feel honored to lead this Arc Chapter and be a part of The Arc movement. The Arc is the leading civil rights movement and largest advocacy & service organization for people with disabilities and their families in our nation.

Listening is at the core of my work and one of my personal priorities.  I am excited and dedicated to expanding the voice and possibilities of everyone.  I believe that as we all grow in our ability to listen better, hear more deeply, and allow for change, we will be well on our way to brightening the road of new opportunities and of inclusion. On our Mission and Vision webpage, visitors will see the picture where I pass the torch to one of our most successful clients, Joe Canto.


The Passing of the Torch symbolizes our approach at The Arc: we believe in empowering people with disabilities and the self-advocates to speak up and to achieve their dreams.  Moreover, we believe in listening to their needs, and goals, as well as assisting them in developing custom tailored programming that will help them achieve those dreams.

With The Arc’s help, Joe received training in leadership, advocacy, and personal growth with the goal of embarking on a career as a professional advocate. Joe achieved his dream. Today, he works for the Human Rights Office of the Department of Developmental Services in Boston. As part of his job he gets to travel around the Commonwealth, advocating for people with developmental disabilities, and sharing his experiences.

Enrich your life today by joining us in bringing people with disabilities from the shadows into the light of inclusion!

— Luis Bachman, CEO


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