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 […]

The Arc on Bipartisan, Two Year Budget Deal

The Arc is pleased that Congress was able to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal last week.  The deal provides welcome temporary relief for the non-defense discretionary part of the budget that funds a range of programs – such as education, housing, and employment – that help make community living possible for people with intellectual and […]

How The Family and Medical Leave Act Saved My Family

This is a new series at The Arc Blog called #HandsOff. Each month, we will 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. By: Debbi Harris As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave […]

Kecia’s #MeToo Story

WARNING: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault Individuals with disabilities are seven times more likely to be victims of sexual assault than those without disabilities. Kecia, sexual assault survivor-turned-advocate, is one of those individuals. She was raped, but justice was denied to her because of the failings of our criminal justice system. This is her […]

The Arc Responds to New Report Exposing Abuse and Neglect of Individuals With Disabilities in Group Homes

Washington, DC – At the request of Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General investigated states’ monitoring and reporting of injuries and other critical incidents of people with disabilities living in group homes. Following the investigation, a report was issued that cited numerous incidents of abuse of people with […]

Work Requirements for Medicaid Don’t Work for People with Disabilities

Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s issuance of guidance about how states can include in their Section 1115 waiver proposals requirements some recipients of Medicaid work to receive coverage. “The Arc opposes this reversal of long standing CMS policy.  The Arc is also deeply concerned that critical […]

Civil Rights, Housing, and Community Development Organizations Call on HUD to Maintain a Critical Fair Housing Tool and Not to Roll Back the Promise of the Fair Housing Act

Washington, DC – 76 national civil rights, faith-based, affordable housing and other organizations have voiced their strong opposition to HUD’s sudden and short-sighted decision to effectively suspend the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation. Nearly 50 years ago, Congress adopted the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation necessary to end discrimination in housing and eliminate the […]

#HandsOff: Jake’s Story

###This is the first installment of a new series at The Arc Blog called #HandsOff. Each month, we will feature a story from individuals and families across The Arc’s network about their experiences with some of today’s key policy issues impacting people with disabilities. ### The author, Melinda, and her brother-in-law, Jake My name is […]

The Arc Responds to Senate Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Services and Supports for People with Disabilities at Risk

Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement in response to Senate passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Today the Senate took a big and dangerous step closer to cutting the services and supports that people with disabilities rely on to be a part of their community. “The Arc’s longstanding position on […]

Why the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is Bad for People with Disabilities

Legislative Timeline House of Representatives Nov. 16: House passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Senate Week of Nov. 27: Senate plans to vote on its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 51 votes are needed to pass the legislation Background The Arc’s longstanding position on tax policy is that […]