Census Bureau Moves Up Self-Response Deadline

Last week, the Census Bureau announced that it will end the self-response and door-knocking periods one month early on September 30. The Arc is deeply concerned that this decision jeopardizes the Bureau’s ability to accurately fulfill the Constitutional requirement of counting all persons in the United States. An undercount means the loss of important federal funding for programs like Medicaid, food assistance, housing vouchers, education services, and more – across communities in every state. See The Arc’s statement. It is more critical than ever that people fill out the census questionnaire to ensure that we have a complete and accurate count. The Arc has created census resources to answer questions about the census and help people fill out the form.

House Committee Holds Briefing on Impact of COVID-19 on Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities

On May 18, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a virtual briefing on the impact of COVID-19 on seniors and individuals with disabilities. In its press release, the Committee notes that many long term care facilities are experiences outbreaks. The witnesses were Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director of the Department of Disability and Aging Services for the City and County of San Francisco, and Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living. See a recording of the briefing here.

House Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill

The House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201). The bill is now being considered in the Senate. The bill includes a 6.2% federal medical assistance percentage increase to support Medicaid funding to the states. There are some provisions that will provide limited paid sick leave for some workers. The Arc staff is working to expand the paid leave provisions and to ensure that other packages include the needs of people with disabilities and the direct professional workforce. Take action today! Read The Arc’s statement here.

The Arc Releases Census Resources

Last week, The Arc unveiled its new Census 2020 resource page. The resources include videos and written materials for people with disabilities and community organizations. The census helps to direct billions annually in federal funding. Census data is used by businesses, governments, and civic organizations to inform decision making about what services should be available in local areas, and it impacts Congressional representation. Disability advocates are encouraged to share these resources with their network in preparation for the 2020 Census day on April 1.

Presidential Forum on Disability Postponed

Elected for Inclusion: A Presidential Forum on Disability has been postponed due to the timing of the January Democratic presidential debate and other factors. The Arc remains committed to engaging candidates about issues of importance to people with disabilities, is grateful to all of the chapters and advocates who have been planning watch parties, and is looking forward to working together to make the forum a success when a new date is set. For more information, see the statement from organizers, the American Association of People with Disabilities and REV UP Texas.

Miscellaneous News: Registration Open for The Arc’s National Convention

Are you ready to join advocates from all over the country? Registration is open for The Arc’s 2019 National Convention in Washington, DC. Whether you’re a professional looking to develop skills, a person with I/DD or family member trying to expand your advocacy and support network, or an ally interested in getting more involved in the disability community, we have a program that will speak to you. You’ll connect with other passionate advocates from across the country and learn how to navigate and work to improve employment, education, housing, technology, criminal justice, and more. Register today!

Miscellaneous News: Registration Open for The Arc’s National Convention

Are you ready to join advocates from all over the country? Registration is officially open for The Arc’s 2019 National Convention in Washington, DC. Whether you’re a professional looking to develop skills, a person with I/DD or family member trying to expand your advocacy and support network, or an ally interested in getting more involved in the disability community, we have a program that will speak to you! You’ll connect with other passionate advocates from across the country and learn how to navigate and work to improve employment, education, housing, technology, criminal justice, and more. Register today!

Miscellaneous News: Registration Open for The Arc’s National Convention

Are you ready to join advocates from all over the country? Registration is officially open for The Arc’s 2019 National Convention in Washington, DC. Whether you’re a professional looking to develop skills, a person with I/DD or family member trying to expand your advocacy and support network, or an ally interested in getting more involved in the disability community, we have a program that will speak to you! You’ll connect with other passionate advocates from across the country and learn how to navigate and work to improve employment, education, housing, technology, criminal justice, and more. Register today!

Miscellaneous News: Registration Open for The Arc’s National Convention

Are you ready to join advocates from all over the country? Registration is officially open for The Arc’s 2019 National Convention in Washington, DC. Whether you’re a professional looking to develop skills, a family member trying to expand your advocacy and support network, or an ally interested in getting more involved in the disability community, we have a program that will speak to you! You’ll connect with other passionate advocates from across the country and learn how to navigate and work to improve employment, education, housing, technology, criminal justice, and more. Register today at convention.thearc.org!

Disability Policy Seminar Successfully Concluded

The 43rd annual Disability Policy Seminar, held earlier this month, proved to be one of the largest ever with more than 900 people registered. The opening plenary celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court decision. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) gave a key note address to kick off the second day of training. The seminar included a packed two days of panels on issues affecting people with disabilities, concluding with the all-important Hill visits with Members of Congress. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Arc, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, and United Cerebral Palsy. The co-sponsors were also joined by the Sibling Leadership Network, Autism Society of America, and National Down Syndrome Congress as promotional partners. Next year, the Disability Policy Seminar will take place on March 23-25 and the hope is to increase advocacy and set a new attendance record. Visit the event website to view presentations and materials from the 2019 seminar.