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For more than 60 years, The Arc-Solano has been on the front lines in providing resources and empowering Solano County residents to promote and protect their rights and interests, while enriching the quality of their lives.

Max Masucci is an 11-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a severe form of autism.

His parents, Greg Masucci and Maya Weschler, struggled to find the right educational setting for him in Washington, a story chronicled in 2013 in HuffPost by Joy Resmovits, but they couldn’t, and eventually moved from Capitol Hill to rural Virginia. There they bought a farm, which they turned into a nonprofit group called A Farm Less Ordinary that provides jobs to people with autism.

The post attached was written by Weschler, a former business executive, who details the daily struggles she and her husband face as they try to keep their son safe and manage a nonprofit organization at the same time. Her descriptions are raw and real, and her story speaks to the issue of how much permission we give ourselves, and others, to be honest about our lives.

Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.

The arts still play a vital role in much of our society. In fact, without the arts, much of our history, expression and culture would be virtually nonexistent.