White House Hosts Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act

On November 15, The Arc participated in a celebratory event at the White House observing the enactment of legislation which later led to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). Speakers discussed the considerable progress made for people with disabilities since the enactment of the DD Act as well as remaining challenges. Panelists on education, employment, and long term supports and services provided overviews and offered their thoughts on improving the service delivery system. Common themes that emerged include the need to focus on people’s strengths, fully include people with disabilities in the policy process, respect the fundamental rights of people with disabilities in decision making, and the need for true integration in community living.