Bobby Eckert is Living His Best Life!

Bobby started mowing lawns about 20 years ago. He stays busy all summer long mowing 15 lawns. He has been talking about the need for a new lawnmower for a couple of years and this summer he pulled it off! Bobby worked hard to save enough money to replace a lawnmower that needed to be […]

Day Habs Open With Limited Capacity

Small steps forward mean so much! Keeping people safe while providing quality of life opportunities takes on a whole new meaning in a Covid19 world!   While we were able to provide day services to people who are supported in our residential settings during the many months of sheltering in, the people we support that […]

Sheila Robinson, One of Our Heroes Without Capes!

  In our DSP highlight is Sheila Robinson. Sheila is one of our heroes without a cape. Before Covid19, Sheila worked as a Life Coach 5 (DSP) in our THRIVE day hab program, a Monday – Friday position.   Since the onset of Covid19 Sheila has been so flexible. She has been teaching one on […]

The Census Must Go On: The Futures of People with Disabilities and Hard-to-Count Populations are at Stake

WASHINGTON – The Arc is distressed that the U.S. Census Bureau is cutting short efforts to count all persons living in the country for the 2020 Census. Ending the self-response phase and critical door-knocking efforts of the census one month early on September 30th risks severely undercounting already hard-to-count populations like people with disabilities, immigrants, […]

Planning Can’t Wait: Preparing for Life’s Emergencies

Thinking about your child’s future after you’re gone is hard for most parents. For the parents of people with disabilities, the topic can be so daunting that it can feel impossible to broach. The result? Families all over the country shelve this conversation as long as possible. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark […]

ADA 30: Carrying on the Legacy

“I think we made great strides when it came to all the advocacy that went into the ADA. I do think if we didn’t do all of the advocacy for the ADA, we might not be where we are today in regards to people with disabilities.” – Joseph Damiano, Self-Advocate. Joseph Damiano of Belfast, New […]

The Arc Commemorates and Reflects on the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

On Sunday, July 26th, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Arc is proud of our role in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, including as a significant player in the passage of the ADA. Consistent with our work for decades on policy development  and legal efforts on […]

New! COVID Updates Page Added to Our Website

As you are aware, since mid-March our day programs have been under governors’ orders to shut down to keep everyone as safe as possible from COVID-19.  What we initially thought might be a few weeks of closure has now been months.   Thank you for reaching out to us with questions as they came up, and for your patience as […]

COVID-19 Hotspots Arizona and Texas Crisis Standard of Care Plans Challenged by State and National Groups in Federal Complaints

WASHINGTON – A coalition of state and national disability and civil rights advocacy groups have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) challenging the crisis standard of care plans in Arizona and Texas, two states hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These crisis plans are used […]

Inspired By the Past to Welcome the Future

A few weeks ago some of our staff began talking about a documentary they watched on Netflix called Crip Camp and how it impacted them in such positive ways. It was so inspiring that all staff have since watched it and are having small group discussions.  We are in the midst of those discussions now.   […]