June 2, 2020

The Arc US released the following statement on the need for swift and substantial action in our society and from our nation’s leaders to dismantle racism, end discrimination, and to honor, protect, and enforce the civil and human rights of all people.

“The ongoing violence and police brutality against Black and Brown people in our country is unacceptable. We stand in solidarity with every person and community that is appalled by the homicide of George Floyd, and so many others before him. We stand in solidarity too with those who are taking action against the systemic racism that underlies this behavior. Racist attitudes and behavior should have no place in America.

“Tragically, the historical and everyday reality is that the lives and humanity of people of color, and members of other marginalized communities, are too often not valued and respected. The Arc renews its own commitment to social justice and the dismantling of the systems of oppression and discrimination that further this violence and neglect.

“We all must step up and speak out, including our nation’s leaders, to uphold the rights of communities of color to be free from over policing, police brutality, misconduct, harassment, and racism. To be silent is to be complicit,” said Peter Berns, CEO, The Arc.

#DisabledPeopleForBlackLives is a twitter hashtag for people with disabilities to share resources/pay links/information and amplify the Black voices.

Action Alerts

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!

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