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Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Public Policy

The Arc Resumes the Paul Marchand Internship in Disability Public Policy

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $6,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people with I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, D.C. established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates through the summer of 2018. The Arc is pleased to resume this program in 2020 in Disability Public Policy


The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide up to $6,000 per semester or summer session which can assist interns pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students who seek an internship for college or graduate school credit may be able to use the funds to offset travel or other cost-of-living expenses. Students pursuing degrees in public policy, law, disability studies, social work or public administration would be good candidates for this internship. People with disabilities, or people with family members with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.


Through the Paul Marchand Internship Fund, interns will receive a stipend.
For students receiving credit from schools, which do not allow students to receive payment, The Arc will work with the student and the school to determine whether an equivalent stipend can be provided for transportation and other work-related expenses.
The Paul Marchand Internship is also available to pay matching share for students with work study grant who are seeking an off-campus placement.
Internships will generally be for the duration of one academic semester or summer term. However, arrangements can be made to extend internships for up to one calendar year.
Internships will be located at The Arc’s public policy office in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only at Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should be no more than one page in length and address why the applicants wants this internship and the knowledge and skills they will bring to The Arc.

Due Dates and Selection Process:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only those selected for interview will be contacted. Applications are due November 30 for the Spring term, February 15 for the Summer term and April 15 for the Fall term.

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Act Now to Say #HandsOffSNAP

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many of us, that means spending time with family over a delicious meal. But for millions of people, access to basic, year-round nutritious meals is at risk!

Currently, the utility costs that families and individuals have are taken into consideration when their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are calculated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a rule that would change that calculation to cut benefits. It would force people with disabilities and their families to choose between buying food or other necessities, such as housing, utilities, and medical expenses.

Why Does SNAP Matter to People With Disabilities?

SNAP plays a key role in reducing hunger and helping people with disabilities to maximize their health and participate in our communities. We know that all too often food insecurity and disability go together. The proposed rule would:

  • Change the deduction for utility payments and cut benefits for people with high utility costs.
  • Cut benefits for 19 percent of people on SNAP.
  • Cause 8,000 people to lose SNAP benefits entirely.

The proposed rule would cut $4.5 billion in SNAP benefits and disproportionately impact people with disabilities.

There is still time to stop this rule. Fill in your information here and you will be brought to a page with draft comments that you can personalize and submit directly to USDA.

Governor Ron DeSantis Shares His Plan for A “Bolder, Brighter, Better Future” in Florida


Governor Ron DeSantis released his budget proposal for FY 2020-2021, a Bolder, Brighter, Better Future.

“My budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 builds on our successes of the past year, placing emphasis where it is needed while remaining fiscally responsible to Florida taxpayers,” said Governor DeSantis. “The budget includes key investments in our K-12 education system, our environment and the well-being of our residents, while recommending over $480 million in savings and over $300 million in tax relief. Although there is still more we can do to improve our state, which we hope to accomplish through this budget, Florida’s future has never been bolder, brighter or better than it is today.”

Please click on the button below to learn more about The Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget:

The total recommendation for the FY 2020-2021 budget is $91.4 billion. The budget recommends $480.5 million in savings – such as administrative efficiencies and elimination of earmarks. Additionally, the budget places $5.6 billion in total reserves, including $1.4 billion of General Revenue, which is more than 6 percent of the total budget and more than $200 million more than the current year budget.

Health and Human Services-

The budget makes significant investments in the well-being of Floridians and protecting the most vulnerable.

The Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget provides $38.4 million in funding for a new level of reimbursement for Intermediate Care Facilities to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities who have severe behavioral needs. Also included is funding to continue the development of a new client assessment tool, which will be used to collect more comprehensive data and more accurately determine the needs of clients.

The budget invests $56.5 million to allow an additional 1,200 individuals in crisis to be served through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities waiver program. The budget also includes $239 million for services that have been provided by the agency in previous fiscal years. By funding the Agency for Persons Disabilities waiver program, people with intellectual disabilities will be able to live, learn and work in their communities.

To view the FY 2020-2021 budget recommendations for APD and AHCA, please click on the links below

        Agency for Health Care Administration budget information

    Agency for Persons with Disabilities budget information