When Will Employment First Be a Reality? This Autism Acceptance Month, It’s NOW in Wisconsin

The Arc Wisconsin celebrates a major victory in Wisconsin, the passage of a ground-breaking Employment First bill that will hold state agencies accountable to update and improve policies, set benchmarks and report on their progress to increase the number of people with disabilities in Wisconsin working in competitive integrated employment. One of The Arc Wisconsin’s […]

The Arc Joins Effort Calling on Department of Education to Keep Guidance on Treating All Students Fairly, including Students with Disabilities

The Arc has joined more than 140 national, state, and local organizations, led by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, in a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to keep in place school discipline guidance.  This guidance merely clarifies that the ED expects that schools and districts are treating all […]

My evolving relationship with my sister with Angelman syndrome

By Amberley Romo It’s now been almost five years since I first wrote about future planning. I was 22, and living in Washington, DC — 1,300 miles away from my family in Dallas. At the time, my sister Caroline was 18. We were both entering new phases of our lives. I was fresh out of college, […]

Joe Damiano Says #HandsOff – Learn His Tips for Effective Advocacy

This is a new series at The Arc Blog called #HandsOff. Each month, we feature a story from individuals and families across The Arc’s network about how some of today’s key policy issues impact their day to day lives. Meet Joe Damiano! Joe is 23 years old and is a very active advocate in his […]

Mission Matters: Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Should Remain in HUD’s Mission Statement

The Arc has joined over 570 organizations, led by the National Fair Housing Alliance, calling on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to retain references to creating “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination” in the agency’s mission statement. Last week, 164 national organizations – including The Arc – […]

The Arc Receives Support from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation for National Disability Employment Program

Washington, DC – The Arc is pleased to announce that its national employment program, The Arc@Work, has received an additional $122,000 over the next two years from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation to support its ongoing efforts to expand its partner program with Specialisterne®. The Arc@Work and Specialisterne®’s program consists of a four-week intensive training […]

Making The Arc a Name in Giving Back!

Scranton, Pennsylvania already has a claim to fame as the setting for the TV show “The Office.” Now, The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Scranton is getting its own name out to the public by collaborating in community events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and creating public service announcements. The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania […]

The Arc Responds to President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities 2017 Report

Washington, DC – Earlier this month, the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) released the 2017 report “America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy”. The Arc released the following statement in response to the report: “Direct support professionals play a vital role in […]

A Legal Victory for Students with Disabilities

In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 that the “IDEA demands more” and requires providing a level of instruction reasonably calculated to permit advancement through the general curriculum. Where that is not a reasonable expectation, the IEP must be “appropriately ambitious” and provide the child the […]

Marking the FMLA Anniversary with a Call for Paid Leave

February 5th marked the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Arc has been excited to take this opportunity to celebrate what the FMLA means to people with disabilities and their families, and to highlight the need for the next step: a comprehensive, inclusive national program of paid family and medical […]