The primary purpose of membership organizations, such as The Arc, is to have “strength in numbers”. The Arc’s membership consists of people of all ages with I/DD, family members, professionals and concerned citizens who believe in “A Life like Yours.” When The Arc of the Piedmont visits legislators, we let them know that we are there representing members in their districts.

When you join The Arc, you help to strengthen and sustain the “A Life like Yours” movement, joining together thousands of people with I/DD and their families. By joining as a member of your local chapter, The Arc of the Piedmont, you automatically become a member of The Arc of Virginia and The Arc of the United States. To become a member, visit or email

Join The Arc of Virginia Advocacy Network to sign up for email Action Alerts about budget issues and legislation affecting Virginians with I/DD. The Arc of Virginia’s Advocacy Network can help you contact your elected officials at critical times in the budget/when we need them to hear from you most. When you receive an alert, you will be able to email your legislators directly with just a couple clicks, sending them a message (suggested talking points are provided). You can personalize this email, even copy and paste your personal story. Sign up here:

The Arc of the Piedmont posts updates on Facebook and Twitter about how public policy affects Virginians with I/DD and their families. We also post items of interest on these pages, such as photos, media articles and upcoming events. Follow us on Twitter (@arcpiedmontva) and like us on Facebook ( to stay informed.

Current State Policy Initiatives Affecting Virginians with I/DD

  • ID/DD Waiver Reform
  • Implementation of Commonwealth Coordinated Care (Medicaid-Medicare Dual Eligible Demonstration Project)
  • Proposal to move the  ID and DD Waivers to a Managed Care model
  • Implementation of the U.S. v Virginia Settlement Agreement, which includes (but is not limited to) several new initiatives:
    • REACH  (formerly START; community based crisis stabilization services)
    • Employment First
    • Individual and Family Support Program
    • Plan to Increase Independent Living Options
    • Regional Support Teams
    • New Licensing, Quality, and Case Management Standards
  • Phased closure of state institutions (Training Centers) between FY14-FY20
  • Implementation of the “Exceptional Need Rate” for ID Waiver services