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On September 30, President Trump signed into law the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 (H.R.1058). The Arc strongly supports this bill to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act, which funds critical autism research, surveillance, and … Continue reading

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The National Center on Education Outcomes released a report titled “Status of State-Defined Alternate Diplomas in 2018-19.” State-defined alternate diplomas were established in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 as the only credential other than a regular high … Continue reading

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On September 27, President Trump signed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government for an additional eight weeks beyond the start of fiscal year (FY) 2020 on October 1. This CR, providing level funding, passed the Senate on September … Continue reading

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On September 27, the Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor by a vote of 53-44. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages … Continue reading

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On September 19, the Senate passed the House version of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 (H.R.1058) by unanimous consent. The Arc strongly supports this bill to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act, which funds … Continue reading

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On September 19, Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Susie Lee (D-NV) introduced the Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act (S.2521/H.R.4397). This bill provides grants to 15 entities … Continue reading

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On September 19, the House passed a continuing resolution (H.R.4378) to keep the government funded from the start of fiscal year (FY) 2020 on October 1 through November 21. Meanwhile, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-NY) released a draft … Continue reading

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On September 19, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and … Continue reading

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On September 11, Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and 20 other co-sponsors reintroduced the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Restoration Act of 2019 (H.R.4280). The bill would update and enhance the SSI program by updating the general earned income disregard to $123 … Continue reading

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On September 11, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on “The Administration’s Apparent Revocation of Medical Deferred Action for Critically Ill Children.” This policy allowed some immigrants to with … Continue reading

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Senate funding talks have stalled over disagreements over allocation of funding between the 12 spending bills (known as 302(b)s), funding for Planned Parenthood, and what constitutes a “poison pill rider” (a controversial provision that is unlikely to pass on its … Continue reading

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The Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies is also scheduled to mark up the FY2020 Transportation, Housing & Urban Development bill (or THUD) on Tuesday, September 17, and the full Committee is scheduled … Continue reading

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The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act is facing expiration on September 30. This law funds critical autism research, surveillance, and education programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), … Continue reading

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On July 15, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule rescinding the Medicaid Access Rule. The Medicaid Access Rule is CMS’s means of enforcing the statutory requirement that states set provider reimbursement rates high enough … Continue reading

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On July 24, the Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would cut current eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For the past 20 years, states have had flexibility to adjust SNAP eligibility to reflect local and state … Continue reading

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On August 28 and 29, the RAISE Family Caregiving Council held its first meeting. This Council was established under the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act of 2018. Nancy Murray, President of The Arc of Greater … Continue reading

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House will consider a continuing resolution the week of September 16 to prevent a government shutdown on September 30, the start of fiscal year (FY) 2020. Meanwhile, the Senate will begin … Continue reading

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On September 11, The House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will hold a hearing on “The Administration’s Apparent Revocation of Medical Deferred Action for Critically Ill Children.” This policy allowed some immigrants to … Continue reading

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On September 10, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Housing Finance Reform: Next Steps”. Witnesses will include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Federal Housing Agency … Continue reading

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The Arc recently released two new videos relating to deinstitutionalization and community living. The first video discusses the fact that 37 states still have state-run institutions for people with I/DD. The video features self-advocates and siblings discussing the need to … Continue reading

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Parents can take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off to attend special education meetings—called individualized education program (IEP) meetings—for children with serious health conditions, according to an Aug. 8 U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) opinion letter.

Washington, DC – The Arc, the nation’s largest civil rights organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), which was founded by parents and family members who rejected institutions and fought for decades to close them, released the following statement on President Trump’s comments about creating new institutions for people with mental health needs. […]

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By: Leslie Campos at Wellparents.com
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The House and Senate approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R.3877) on July 25 and August 1, respectively. This bill prevents scheduled discretionary cuts from taking effect and increases limits on discretionary spending. Additionally, it suspends the debt ceiling … Continue reading

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The Senate and House of Representatives passed the Sustaining Excellence in Medicaid Act of 2019 (H.R.3253) on July 25 and 30, respectively. This bill adds $122.5 million for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration, extends the authorization for Family-to-Family … Continue reading

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Are you ready to join advocates from all over the country? Registration is open for The Arc’s 2019 National Convention in Washington, DC. Whether you’re a professional looking to develop skills, a person with I/DD or family member trying to … Continue reading

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On July 24, the House of Representatives approved the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 (H.R.1058, as amended). The Autism CARES Act funds autism research, surveillance, and education programs at the National Institutes of Health … Continue reading

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On July 24, the House of Representatives approved the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R.2035). The Lifespan Respite Care Program, through grants to states, helps build coordinated state lifespan respite systems, helps family caregivers pay for respite or … Continue reading

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On July 25, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the Social Security 2100 Act (H.R.860). The bill would make Social Security benefits more adequate by providing a modest across-the-board increase, improving annual cost of living adjustments, … Continue reading

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On July 24, the Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would cut current eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For the past 20 years, states have had flexibility to adjust SNAP eligibility to reflect local and state … Continue reading

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Last week, in conjunction with the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Representatives Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Bob Casey (D-PA) re-introduced the Disabled Access Credit … Continue reading

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On July 23, the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) released a report titled “Beyond Suspensions: Examining School Discipline Policies and Connections to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color with Disabilities.” The report notes that students of color … Continue reading

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Are you ready to join advocates from all over the country? Registration is officially open for The Arc’s 2019 National Convention in Washington, DC. Whether you’re a professional looking to develop skills, a person with I/DD or family member trying … Continue reading

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On July 17, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 (H.R 1058, as amended); the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R.2035); and the Reauthorizing and … Continue reading

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On July 18, the Administration and Congressional leaders announced an agreement on topline budget numbers for the next two fiscal years as well as to increase the debt ceiling. The deal would avert the scheduled nearly 10% cut in discretionary … Continue reading

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On July 18, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Eugene Scalia for Secretary of Labor. Scalia is currently a partner at the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm. He served as chief legal officer at the Department of Labor … Continue reading

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Building an inclusive volunteering community can be stressful. But, it is often incredibly rewarding as well! This year, we asked Erica Delma from Holly Ridge Center to share their journey as a grantee of The Arc’s Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading

Building an inclusive volunteering community can be stressful. But, it is often incredibly rewarding as well! This year, we asked Erica Delma from Holly Ridge Center to share their journey as a grantee of The Arc’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project through a letter to herself. She spoke about finding meaningful work […]

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Washington, DC – Local and national disability advocacy organizations have filed three complaints with the West Virginia Department of Education alleging widespread failures by Kanawha County Schools (KCS) to educate children with disabilities, including autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Specifically, the groups assert that KCS—the public school […]

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Washington, DC – Local and national disability advocacy organizations have filed three complaints with the West Virginia Department of Education alleging widespread failures by Kanawha County Schools (KCS) to educate children with disabilities, including autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health … Continue reading

Washington, DC – The Arc is pleased to announce that it will host Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks), a collaborative of leading scientists, health professionals and children’s and environmental advocates that works to disseminate scientific information and raise awareness of the risks pregnant women and children face from chemicals and pollutants that harm brain […]

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Washington, DC – The Arc is pleased to announce that it will host Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks), a collaborative of leading scientists, health professionals and children’s and environmental advocates that works to disseminate scientific information and raise awareness … Continue reading

Did you know that the voter turnout rate for people with disabilities is 6 percent lower than that of people without disabilities? Each year, the REV UP campaign, through the American Association for People with Disabilities, organizes National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to promote registration and civic engagement among people with disabilities.  July 15-19, […]

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On June 25, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing titled “Reauthorizing Vital Health Programs for American Families.” The hearing examined four bills reauthorizing health laws, including the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support … Continue reading

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