It’s Time for the Senate to Act!
#WeAreEssential: Tell Congress to Include the Disability Community in COVID-19 Relief Bills!
Major Recent Events
House Passes Fourth Coronavirus Package
On May 15, the House passed its fourth coronavirus package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R.6800) with a vote of 208-199.
This package includes:
- Increased federal funding for home and community based services (HCBS) under Medicaid
- Expanded eligibility for economic impact payments to adult dependents and another round of payments
- Paid leave eligibility for family caregivers of adults with disabilities, including siblings and grandparents
See The Arc’s statement. Now we need the Senate to pass legislation that includes the critical needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce. Contact your Senators now.
The Arc is fighting for the human and civil rights of people with I/DD, and their right to live and be included in their communities. Our success depends on support from advocates like you.
#WeAreEssential: Tell Congress to Include the Disability Community in COVID-19 Relief Bills
People with disabilities and those who support them are being left behind! Congress has passed several bills to respond to the coronavirus pandemic – but must pass a bill that addresses the specific and critical needs of people with disabilities, including:
- Funding for a Medicaid grant program to support access to home and community-based services that lessen the risk of people with disabilities being put into institutions and to support the workforce.
- Paid leave for all caregivers
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) for direct support professionals.
Direct Support Professionals Are Essential Workers!
Every day all across the country, DSPs support people with disabilities to live independently. Meanwhile, Congress has been slow to provide these essential workers with the equipment they need to keep themselves and people with disabilities safe. Congress must act now! #WeAreEssential #WeActWednesday
#WeAreEssential: Share Your Story!
People with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce can’t be left out of coronavirus response legislation. Share your story now!
Share YOUR story with The Arc and send a personalized message to your Members of Congress by answering 3 short questions!
Vote for Access: Episode 1 – Attitudes
Voters with disabilities matter because policies affect us. We've been working with Rooted in Rights and Block by Block Creative to bring you the Vote for Access series! Imani breaks down the harmful idea that voters with disabilities can’t understand what’s happening causing many to be turned away at the polls.in episode 1 of Vote for Access.
Posted by Disability Rights Florida on Monday, April 27, 2020
Disability Rights Florida wants to remind everyone that voters with disabilities matter! The organization has been working with Rooted in Rights and Block by Block Creative to launch a new video series called Vote for Access.
The series highlights the importance of the disability vote, and why access is key for people with disabilities. Vote for Access will feature episodes that break down five major issues faced by voters with disabilities, while hearing from real people with real experience.
Please enjoy and share the first episode of Vote for Access, as Imani Barbarin explains the harmful idea that voters with disabilities can’t understand what’s happening causing many to be turned away at the polls.