Miscellaneous – Paul Marchand Internship Application for Summer 2017 Session Due Feb. 15

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people with I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates. See more information here.

Miscellaneous News – The Arc Seeking Caregivers for FINDS Survey

With the new year comes a new Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey. We need your input! The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with The Arc, is seeking caregivers to share their perceptions on a range of life-span issues impacting individuals with I/DD. We are inviting people aged 18 years or older who provide frequent primary support to a person with I/DD to participate. Take the survey here.

Miscellaneous – Paul Marchand Internship Application for Summer 2017 Session Due Feb. 15

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people with I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates. See more information here.

With the new year comes a new Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey. We need your input! The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with The Arc, is seeking caregivers to share their perceptions on a range of life-span issues impacting individuals with I/DD. We are inviting people aged 18 years or older who provide frequent primary support to a person with an I/DD to participate. Stay tuned this upcoming month for its release.

Miscellaneous – Paul Marchand Internship Application for Summer 2017 Session Due Feb. 15

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people with I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates. See more information here.

Miscellaneous – Paul Marchand Internship Application for Summer 2017 Session Due Feb. 15

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people with I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates. See more information here.

President-elect Trump Selects Additional Nominees for Cabinet

Over the last several weeks, President-elect Trump announced his choices for cabinet secretaries who are important to disability policy:

  • Department of Education – Betsy DeVos is a businesswoman from Michigan who has held leadership positions with the state’s Republican party.
  • Department of Health and Human Services – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) is a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and a former orthopedic surgeon who chairs the Budget Committee and serves on the Ways and Means and Committee.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development – Dr. Ben Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.
  • Department of Justice – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is a four-term senator and former United States attorney from Alabama who serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Environment and Public Works, and Judiciary Committees.

Hearings are expected on each nominee in early 2017. A simple majority vote in the Senate is required for confirmation.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking applicants for its Public Policy Fellowship. Applicants should be exemplary professionals, people with disabilities, or family members of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The fellowship prepares mid-career, or more seasoned leaders, to assume leadership in the disability public policy arena at the state or national level. Fellows spend one year in Washington, D.C. in the office of a Member of Congress, Congressional Committee, or federal agency. Learn more and apply for the fellowship here. Applications are due December 15, 2016.

115th Congress – House Republicans, Senate Select Leadership

In Leadership elections for the 115th Congress, which will begin in January, the House Republican Caucus re-elected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Majority Leader, and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) as Majority Whip, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as Republican Conference Chair. Similarly, Senate Republicans re-elected Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Majority Leader, Sen. John Cornyn as Majority Whip, and Senator John Thune as Republican Conference Chair. Senate Democrats elected Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) as Minority Leader and Democratic Conference Chair and re-elected Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) as Minority Whip and elected Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) as Assistant Minority Leader. House Democrats will hold their leadership elections on November 30.