|Building on The Arc’s long history working on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention and providing services to people with FASD, The Arc is excited to announce it has been awarded a more than $1.3 million cooperative agreement over three years from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau to increase the education of medical professionals regarding alcohol-exposed pregnancy and change clinical practice to better prevent FASD.
Through this grant, The Arc will develop trainings including webinars, peer learning communities, and continuing medical education (CME) courses for allied health professionals, and create and disseminate culturally appropriate materials.
This cooperative agreement is made possible in part by Grant No. U1HMC26371 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.
|The Arc is relieved that Congress reached a last minute agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid defaulting on our debts. The government shutdown had already put in jeopardy services and supports that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on, and the narrowly averted default would have resulted in an economic crisis in our country and around the world that would have affected all citizens. However, despite this temporary victory, we recognize the very difficult challenges that lie ahead for the disability community in the next few months.
To read about the key provisions of the agreement and what the agreement means for The Arc, visit our blog.
|Do you benefit from technology on a daily basis? People with cognitive disabilities are estimated to comprise over 60% of the world’s total population of people with disabilities, yet the vast majority of people with cognitive disabilities have limited or no access to comprehensible information and usable communications technologies.
The Arc has joined more than 80 other organizations in supporting a declaration on the rights of people with cognitive disabilities to have an equal right to technology and information access. The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access is a statement of principles: the rights of ALL people to inclusion and choice in relation to technology and information access. To endorse the declaration visit the Coleman Institute website.