From Friendship to Lifelong Love: Scott and Lauren’s Journey

Finding love is something many of us hope for, including people with disabilities. Lauren and Scott met while they were participating in programming at Favarh (The Arc of Farmington Valley). At first, they forged a strong friendship, but as the years went on, their relationship eventually blossomed into love. Now married and living together independently, […]

Using Medicaid Is Complicated: That Hurts People With Disabilities

Medicaid is the nation’s primary health insurance program for people with disabilities, but it is so much more than health care. For individuals with disabilities and their families, Medicaid also funds vital supports to keep them in their communities. People with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid often live in or near poverty. They rely […]

Despite Obstacles, Carlos Is Determined To Pursue His Dreams

Carlos is 32 years old, lives in Maryland, and has cerebral palsy. His life has been filled with obstacles, but despite all that he has faced, he’s remained determined to achieve his dreams. Carlos was born in Ecuador, where the landscape of disability services was far scarcer, and discrimination far worse. They did not have […]

Congress’s End of Year Legislation Includes Disability Priorities, and Leaves Unfinished Business

As Congress wrapped its work for the year, disability advocates pushed for progress on a variety of priorities. Congress has now passed a package that includes some important victories but leaves others out. One of the biggest wins is an extension of the Money Follows the Person program, which helps people transition out of institutions […]

Enough Is Enough. Our Statement on the Club Q Tragedy.

As we grieve yet another mass shooting tragedy in the U.S., thoughts and prayers are not enough. We are heartbroken by the continued harassment, hateful legislation, and exclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals that led to the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday. Enough is enough. Everyone deserves the same respect, opportunities, and […]

Grateful for Grants

Earlier this year, Delarc learned that we once again were granted two very generous sums of money from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support guardianship and recreation programs.   NYSARC Trust Services has shared that it administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the […]

Self-Advocates Make a Difference!

Delarc’s Self-Advocacy Group fully embraced the season of giving!  They identified the charitable activities they wanted to support and the Group’s Officers, Sarah Barreto (President), Erin Balcom (Vice President), Tina Cawley (Secretary), and Thomas Ferrante (Treasurer), communicated the various opportunities for giving.   First on the list was “Operation Christmas Child.”  This is a project […]

National Disability Rights Groups File Amicus in Perez v. Sturgis

This week, The Arc of the United States joined eleven national disability rights organizations in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court. The amici are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect students with disabilities and ensure that families of these students are able to pursue the full range of civil rights remedies […]

It’s Flu Season: Are You Ready?

This year we are facing a triple threat for flu season: the flu, Covid-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV). RSV is a viral respiratory infection that usually causes cold-like symptoms. Hospitals are currently seeing an alarming increase in pediatric cases of RSV and some are becoming overwhelmed by the surge. According to research published […]