Our new Strategic Framework for the Future of The Arc is here! This vision will guide our advocacy, programs, and more as we meet the challenges and opportunities of the future head on. Our framework represents two years of listening, planning, and thinking about the future we want to help build—plus thousands of thoughts and dreams from people just like you. You may have even taken our stakeholder survey—if you did, thank you!
On Wednesday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET we will be hosting a Town Hall discussion specifically for self-advocates, family members, caregivers, and service providers to discuss The Arc’s response to COVID-19 and our new Strategic Framework. Register here.
On September 18, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Justice Ginsburg served on the Supreme Court for 27 years. She authored the majority opinion in the landmark case Olmstead v. L.C. in which the court ruled that people with disabilities have a right to be free from inappropriate institutionalization and to be served in the “most integrated setting appropriate to the needs.” See The Arc’s statement.
Help spread the word for our October 7 Town Hall designed specifically for self-advocates, family members, caregivers, and service providers. Board President Fred Misilo and Chief Executive Officer Peter Berns will lead a panel discussion on The Arc’s response to the pandemic, the progress we have made, and the threats that remain – and they will also share the new Strategic Framework for the Future of The Arc. Register today!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!