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Arc of Florida seeks State Governmental Consulting and Lobbying Services

Request for Proposal (RFP): State Governmental Consulting and Lobbying Services For Arc of Florida

The Arc of Florida is requesting proposals to contract with a lobbyist to represent the Arc before Florida state government and to assist in organizing and training local chapters to effectively advocate for priorities with their local legislative delegations for the 2019 State Legislative Session. The resulting contract is expected to run approximately from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 with possibility for future renewal

For more information regarding this RFP, please download the attached document: Arc Lobbyist RFP

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Tell Your Senators: Include Support for People With Disabilities in COVID-19 Bill!

Congress is negotiating the next coronavirus relief bill right now. The coronavirus pandemic poses a threat to millions of people in the U.S. — and it’s disproportionately affecting people with disabilities, their families, and the workforce that supports them. We can’t be left behind!

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation in May that addressed many key issues. The Senate introduced a bill last week that LEFT US OUT AGAIN.

Now the Senate must hear from you. Your Senators need to feel the pressure so that these important provisions are seen as a priority and remain in the bill that passes both houses of Congress:

  • Dedicated funding for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). These funds are necessary to serve people with disabilities in their homes and communities and will provide better wages and support for the direct support professional (DSP) workforce. Access to HCBS will limit the risk of people with disabilities being put in institutions.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for direct support professionals. This is urgently needed to protect the health and safety of this critical workforce. DSPs must be designated as essential workers so that they can get access to the PPE and medical supplies they need.
  • Paid leave for all caregivers. As more people with disabilities lose their usual sources of care, family caregivers are scrambling and need access to paid leave and sick days to help their loved ones. All family caregivers should be included in the emergency paid leave provisions.
  • Economic impact payments for all people with disabilities. Stimulus payments should be available to everyone, including adults with disabilities who are claimed as dependents.

Even if you have sent a message before:

Email, call, or tweet your Senators NOW

The Arc of Florida is deeply grieved to announce the passing of our dear Board President, Bobbie Lake. A passionate advocate, Bobbie leaves an inspirational legacy of dedicated advocacy and service to persons with disabilities. He enriched the world through a true servant’s heart and we are all blessed for having the privilege of knowing him.

Our community has lost a beloved husband, father and strong leader and his example will be long remembered. Please join us in offering condolences and heartfelt sympathy to his family.

In lieu of flowers, the Lake family would appreciate contributions be made in Bobbie’s honor to The Arc of North Florida, 511 Goldkist Ave., Live Oak, FL 32064.

A Celebration of Bobbie Lake’s Life (Memorial Service) will be held at Melody Church in Live Oak on August 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM. All attendees are asked to wear masks. For those who would like to participate but are unable to attend, the service will be broadcast live on Melody Church’s website,, at 10:30 AM.