White House Summit on Disability and Employment

Last week, staff from The Arc of the United States attended the White House Summit on Disability and Employment hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative. Attendees included representatives from several of the nation’s business, philanthropic, and disability advocacy communities and had the opportunity to hear from representatives from Lowe’s, AT&T, Starbucks, United Technologies, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy on strategies for hiring and recruiting individuals with disabilities. Additionally, federal resources were shared for employers and job seekers, including a Resource Guide for Employers. Several members of the Administration addressed participants including Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett. Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, contributed a blog post about the event.

The Arc’s “New and Improved” National Convention

Thank you to the hundreds of past attendees of The Arc’s National Convention who shared their thoughts on how we could improve our annual event. We learned from all of the survey responses what you really want from this important event, and this year you can expect a fresh and exciting program in New Orleans from September 30 – October 2.

We are thrilled to announce Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and author will be one of our keynote speakers. His latest work, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, chronicles his family’s twenty year struggle with their youngest son’s autism. Ron will be attending convention with his son Owen and his wife Cornelia. Plus, Fred Maahs, Director of National Partnerships for Comcast Corporation and Vice President of Comcast Foundation, will speak about his personal experience as a person with a disability, his commitment to community service, and the benefits of corporate/nonprofit partnerships.

Visit our newly redesigned Convention website and register today!

The Arc’s “New and Improved” National Convention

Thank you to the hundreds of past attendees of The Arc’s National Convention who shared their thoughts on how we could improve our annual event. We learned from all of the survey responses what you really want from this important event, and this year you can expect a fresh and exciting program in New Orleans from September 30 – October 2.

We are thrilled to announce Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and author will be one of our keynote speakers. His latest work, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, chronicles his family’s twenty year struggle with their youngest son’s autism. Ron will be attending convention with his son Owen and his wife Cornelia. Plus, Fred Maahs, Director of National Partnerships for Comcast Corporation and Vice President of Comcast Foundation, will speak about his personal experience as a person with a disability, his commitment to community service, and the benefits of corporate/nonprofit partnerships.

Visit our newly redesigned Convention website and register today!

Introduction to New National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability Slated

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability welcomes you to attend its first webinar on January 30 at 12:30 CST, 1:30 EST. This is the first in a series of 20 plus webinars taking place over the next two years as part of the Department of Justice-funded project. Learn about NCCJD’s mission, goals, partners, products and services, and find out how you can get involved and become better equipped to provide equal access to justice for individuals with I/DD in your own community and within your profession. The webinar’s target audience is purposefully broad to set the stage for more meaningful dialogue and deeper networking between the criminal justice and disability worlds.  Law enforcement and other first responders, legal professionals, forensic interviewers, victim advocates, disability advocates and other allied professionals are encouraged to attend this free session.  Register now.  Contact Kathryn Walker at kwalker@thearc.org with any questions.

The Arc Job Posting – Criminal Justice Fellow, National Center on Justice and Intellectual and Developmental Disability

The Arc is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated person to participate in the start-up of a new National Center on Justice and Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Recent law school graduate with an interest in supporting the rights of victims, defendants/offenders, and witnesses with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) needed to establish online resource center, training, technical assistance and consulting services for criminal justice professionals (e.g. law enforcement, prosecuting and defense attorneys, judicial and court personnel, victims assistance organizations, corrections personnel and expert witnesses) and to provide programs services and supports for people with I/DD and their families.

To view the full job posting, visit The Arc’s website.

Criminal Justice Fellow, National Center on Justice and Intellectual and Developmental Disability

The Arc is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated person to participate in the start-up of a new National Center on Justice and Intellectual and Developmental Disability. We are looking for a recent law school graduate with an interest in supporting the rights of victims, defendants/offenders and witnesses with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) needed to establish online resource center, training, technical assistance and consulting services for criminal justice professionals (e.g. law enforcement, prosecuting and defense attorneys, judicial and court personnel, victims assistance organizations, corrections personnel and expert witnesses) and to provide programs services and supports for people with I/DD and their families.

To view the full job posting, visit The Arc’s website.