Sibling Perspectives: Helping My Sibling with a Disability Navigate COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave us all navigating a very uncertain and disruptive moment in our world. However, the pandemic has presented uniquely challenging experiences for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family caregivers.  Caitie Jones and Cameron Kell are members of The Arc’s National Sibling Council and share how they […]

Federal Civil Rights Resolution Makes Clear Hospital Visitor Policies Nationwide Must Accommodate Patients with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in response to the first federal complaint challenging discriminatory hospital “no-visitor” policies, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a resolution making clear that federal law requires hospitals and the state agencies overseeing them to modify policies to ensure patients with disabilities […]

House Passes COVID-19 Relief Bill that Helps People with Disabilities, Families, and Support Staff; Now the Senate Must Act

Today, the House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 relief bill that finally includes many elements that will provide critical assistance to people with disabilities, their families and the direct support workforce during this pandemic. “This is an acute crisis for people with disabilities, their families, and support staff across the country. And this response legislation […]

The Arc Joins Supreme Court Amicus Brief Urging Court to Uphold Affordable Care Act, Congressional Protections for People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The Arc is once again fighting to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from repeated attacks in the courts. This time, during a global pandemic that has underscored the importance of the ACA and the need to preserve all of its provisions for the many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who rely […]

The Arc@Work Starter’s Guide to Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Are you ready to take your company’s performance to the next level? Numerous studies have shown that businesses who prioritize diversity and inclusion within their workforce outperform their industry peers and are better positioned to respond to rapidly-changing consumer trends and business challenges. Companies such as Microsoft, SAP and others have shown time and again […]

High Risk, Infected and Dying of COVID-19 – But Who Is Counting?

By Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy At an institution in Denton, Texas, where 400 people with disabilities live, 54 have COVID-19, and 50 employees are infected. At a state run facility in Danvers, Massachusetts, 40% of residents are infected, plus 55 nurses who work at the facility. In Illinois, two institutions are experiencing […]

Over 30 Groups File Amicus Brief in Wisconsin Regarding Heightened COVID-19 Risks to People with Disabilities & Older Adults

The Arc, The Arc Wisconsin, and over thirty Wisconsin and national disability and aging advocacy organizations, represented by the law firm Munger Tolles & Olson, have filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court explaining the significantly heightened risks to people with disabilities and older adults of experiencing life-threatening consequences from COVID-19. These heightened […]

Welcome Relief for Students with Disabilities and Families

WASHINGTON – During this time of crisis for families all over the country, The Arc is relieved that the U.S. Department of Education has reaffirmed the rights of students with disabilities to have equal access to education – pandemic or not. The CARES Act directed Secretary Betsy DeVos to provide Congress with recommended waivers under […]

COVID-19 Small Business Bill: Temporary Relief to Service Providers in Need; But Disability Community Needs More in Package 4

As the COVID-19 pandemic sickens and kills thousands of Americans in every corner of our country, The Arc is alarmed that the needs of people with disabilities and the undervalued workforce supporting them are still not adequately addressed. Today, Congress passed new emergency COVID-19 relief legislation that replenishes funding for federal loan programs for small […]