Legislative & Systemic Advocacy
As part of our goal to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve greater levels of independence and inclusion, we provide a critical voice in policy decisions, from community and civic organizations to federal, state and local government. This includes educating elected officials on ways to create or change public policy to enhance the quality of life for our constituents. The Arc maintains a variety of strategic relationships to ensure that the human and civil rights of people with disabilities are protected in all policy and programming decisions that affect them and their families.
In our advocacy and policy work, we speak with and on behalf of individuals with I/DD making sure they are included in matters involving transportation, housing, mental health care, health insurance reform, and many other concerns. We make every effort to include our constituents and keep them informed about changes in public policy that will affect their lives.
You are encouraged to learn more about policy issues that affect people with disabilities, and sign up to receive action alerts. (We need your help, get involved today!)