The Know Your Right to Vote Campaign has been about making sure the disability community knows the ins and outs of civic engagement, registering to vote, as well as actually voting. You probably already know that Election Day is next week, and we know that you are ready to cast your vote! We have listed some very helpful resources below as you prepare for election day, because, everyone’s votes and voices matter!
As you Prepare…
As you prepare, take a look at these video resources by our friends over at Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).
In 2012, one in five voters with disabilities experienced a barrier at the polls. To help resolve problems in real-time, The Arc is launching our new Voter Support Service! Working with Election Protection’s national support network, we are aiming to make it easier for people to report problems and get help as quickly as possible. This site is a simple, mobile-friendly way for people with disabilities to ensure that their vote counts. We need your help! This is a critical election; every vote counts! Check out vote.thearc.org and spread the word in your chapter and community. Before Election Day, we hope to have an app-store version ready to launch.
For more information, contact Kristen McKiernan, Senior Executive Officer, Communications at 202.534.3712, or Abe Rafi, Director, Digital and Online Services, 202.534.3729.
Louisiana has been hit hard by flooding and many of The Arc chapters there are in need of some help to begin recovering and rebuilding. When many of The Arc chapters here in Florida heard of the need, they immediately answered the call for help. The Arc family in Florida has raised over $8,000 to assist The Arc chapters in Louisiana who were impacted by the devastating flooding.
The following chapters and family of The Arc here in Florida are our, “Heroes of the Storm”:
The Arc North Florida
The Arc of Palm Beach County
The Arc of Florida
The Arc Gateway
The Arc Sunrise of Central Florida
Dixie & Jerry Sansom
Victory Living Programs
The Arc of Putnam County
The Arc Jacksonville
The Arc Tampa Bay
The Arc of Washington-Holmes Counties
The Arc of South Florida
The Arc of Charlotte County
The Arc Ridge Area
St. Andrew Bay Center
The Arc of the Emerald Coast
The Arc of Volusia
The following images are from clean-up efforts after flooding at The Arc Baton Rouge in Louisiana.