State of the Union Address

Last week President Obama addressed the nation through the State of the Union Address. Sara Wolff, member of The Arc of Pennsylvania’s board of directors and ABLE advocate, was in attendance as an invited guest of Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and granted The Arc a phone interview about her experience.

Within the address, the President outlined proposals which stand to benefit people with I/DD and their families including: supports to working families (e.g., child care, paid leave, minimum wage), tools needed to increase workers’ wage earning potential (quality pre-K, community college, student loans, apprenticeships), and what businesses need to generate more jobs and higher wages (e.g., trade, tax reform, and research and development). Among his remarks, President Obama specifically mentioned disability, stating “I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen – man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino and Asian, immigrant and Native American, gay and straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability.”

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