The Arc on Defeat of Senate Health Care Bill: “Never underestimate the power of the disability community, who took on this civil rights fight for themselves and future generations”

Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement following the defeat of the Health Care Freedom Act in the United States Senate: “Never underestimate the power of the disability community, who took on this civil rights fight for themselves and future generations. “The defeat of this disastrous health care bill is a huge win […]

This Week is the 52nd Anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare: The Irony of Celebration During Times of Attack

By: Nicole Jorwic, Director of Rights Policy This week in July is always a big one, this year the disability community came together to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 52nd anniversary of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. But a large looming shadow hung over these […]

The Arc on Motion to Proceed in Senate: “All roads from this vote are bad for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities”

Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement on Senate passage of a motion to proceed that starts debate on health care legislation that will impact Medicaid: “Today, a majority of Senators ignored the pleas of their constituents and moved ahead with debating disastrous health care proposals that will result in people losing health […]

Evidence-Based Practices: Connecting the Dots between Research and Practice

We often hear the terms “best practice” and “evidence-based practice” used in relation to programs or policies – but what does that mean? How do we know if a practice is promising or evidence-based? A recent article, published in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, offered perspectives on strategies to gather and evaluate evidence as well as […]

Learning From Our Peers: Advice on Organizational Transformation From Those Who Have Done It

As more community-based providers of supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) strive to reinvent themselves to offer inclusive opportunities and keep up with Employment First, WIOA, CMS Final Settings Rule, DOJ’s application of Olmstead to employment, and expectations of the ADA generation, organizational leadership may find themselves wondering how to […]

The Timeline Has Changed, But Threats to People with Disabilities in Senate Health Care Reform Efforts Remain

Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulls the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and announces an upcoming vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement: “Make no mistake – the Medicaid program and the home and community based supports that people with […]