Stand Up & Be Counted!

Shape Your Future & Be Counted!

The Arc US is excited to share new resources, including videos and written materials, to support people with disabilities and beyond in understanding what the census is, why it’s important for people with disabilities, and how to complete it.

The census helps to direct billions annually in federal funding. Census data is used by businesses, governments, and civic organizations to inform decision making about what services should be available in local areas, and it impacts Congressional representation.

It is critical to reach people with disabilities, family members, direct support professionals, provider organizations, and other community members about the importance of everyone being counted!

The Arc has developed plain language materials for individuals, which are written at an approximately third grade reading level. These materials are available in English and Spanish as plain text Word documents and designed PDFs. The Arc has also developed a fact sheet for organizations to reference when considering how they may help with disseminating information about the census.

These resources are linked below and available at

Resources for Individuals

·     Census 101 Video (English)
·     Census 101 Video (Spanish)
·     You Count! Be Counted.
·     ¡Tu Cuentas! Se Contado.

Resources for Organizations

·     Get Your Community Counted: A Guide for Organizations
·     Haga Que Su Comunidad Sea Contada: Una Guía Para Organizaciones



As 2019 draws to a close and we say hello to 2020, I want to introduce you to a new feature on the Arc of Florida website, Chapters Helping Chapters.

The Arc of Florida would like to recognize Sheldon Hershman and The Arc Tampa Bay for lending a helping hand to Ridge Area Arc. The Arc Tampa Bay will be assisting Ridge Area Arc with conducting background screenings for the faculty and student mentors participating in Job-a-Palooza. Kathleen Border commented, “It absolutely saved us. We looked at lots of vendors that were mobile and completely unreasonable. If I am going to have to pay a bit more for a mobile service I would prefer to keep it in the Arc family.”

This is just one of many wonderful examples of how the Arc Family continually supports one another and how “We are Stronger Together!”  We would like to thank Kathleen for sharing the story and allowing us to recognize Sheldon and the Arc of Tampa Bay.

Kirk Hall
CEO, The Arc of Florida

Celebrating the 2019 Arc of Florida Champions

Arc of Florida, CEO, Kirk Hall presents Representative Travis Cummings with The Arc of Florida 2019 Champion award in recognition of exemplary leadership and service to Floridians with disabilities. The Arc of Florida is sincerely appreciative of Representative Cumming’s support during the 2019 legislative session.

We are grateful to all of our 2019 Arc of Florida Champions for their unwavering commitment, dedication and impassioned advocacy for improving the lives of Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.