The Census is Here: Are You Ready to Be Counted?

Did you receive a letter from the census and are wondering what it is and what you need to do? In 2020, it is easier than ever to complete your census from home. The census seeks to account for every individual living in the United States. But many people with disabilities are left out of […]

Small Victories, but Stimulus Bill Overlooks Many Critical Needs of People with Disabilities, their Families and Workforce in COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. – While the legislation passed by Congress this week to address the COVID-19 pandemic will help in some ways, many of the grave issues facing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, and workforce, were ignored. “This is an unprecedented crisis for everyone, and everyone includes people with disabilities and their […]

The Disability Community Must Once Again Show #WeAreEssential

By: Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc Here we are again, fighting for our lives in Congressional negotiations – this time during a global pandemic. And the outcome will impact the services people with disabilities rely on, strain systems that provide those services, and may close down service providers all over the […]

Disability Discrimination Complaint Filed Over COVID-19 Treatment Rationing Plan in Washington State

SEATTLE – As COVID-19 cases increase, the experience in other countries and predictions of U.S. health officials is that there will not be enough acute care services or equipment, such as ventilators, to meet the demand of patients with the virus who require intensive treatment.  Health care professionals in the United States are already developing […]

COVID-19 Legislation First Step in Addressing Crisis for People with Disabilities, Families

Washington, D.C. – People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are facing threats to their health and wellbeing due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the legislation passed by Congress and on its way to President Trump’s desk is a start in addressing their needs in this crisis. The legislation includes: A 6.2% increase in […]

Coronavirus Relief Bill: The Arc Fights for Disability Community

The Arc is pleased that Congress is recognizing the unique and vital needs that people with disabilities have when facing the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency relief bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today includes important and specific measures that would help mitigate the potentially catastrophic impacts of the novel coronavirus on millions of […]

Getting Creative with Fundraising at The Arc of Iowa

The Arc of Iowa was struggling financially with local chapters closing, memberships declining, and a growing need for advocacy related to managed care moving into the state. They wanted to build a social entrepreneur program that would help augment current fundraising and membership dues. The program needed to increase the awareness of The Arc of […]

The Arc, Allies, and Self-Advocates Finally ‘Stop the Shock”

Washington, D.C. – After too long of a wait, The Arc celebrates a victory in our seemingly never-ending fight to underscore the value and human dignity of the lives of people with disabilities. After years in limbo, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday it will finally ban the use of the electric shock device […]

Public Charge Rule Discriminates Against People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. – The Arc is deeply concerned that the Department of Homeland Security’s discriminatory public charge rule is now in effect. The new policy could have terrible impacts on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by allowing the federal government to deny admission into the U.S. or an application for a green card […]

This Black History Month, We Salute Lois Curtis

Lois relaxing at the pool This Black History Month, we celebrate the life and legacy of our African American heroes. They endured, persisted, and paved the way – for us all. The Arc salutes Lois Curtis. Ms. Curtis’ bravery and refusal to live behind the dark walls of a state institution led to the landmark […]