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Disability Case at the U.S. Supreme Court – What You Need to Know

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Hall v. Florida, a death penalty case concerning the definition of “mental retardation” (or intellectual disability (ID) as it is now called) that states may use in deciding whether an individual with that disability is protected by the Court’s decision in Atkins v. Virginia. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled in the Atkins v. Virginia case that executing inmates with ID is unconstitutional.

The Hall case is the first case the Supreme Court has taken on the issue of the death penalty for defendants with ID since the Atkins decision, which indicates that there could be a further clarification of states’ responsibilities under that decision. The Arc strongly believes that every individual with ID should be protected from the death penalty and applauds the Court’s decision to hear this case.

To read more about this case and The Arc’s stance visit our blog.

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Give the Gift of Hopes and Dreams Survey of Caregivers Seeks Information about Health and People with Disabilities Wings for Autism Taking Off in 2014
What do you get the person who has everything? How about the gift of hopes and dreams? Make a gift in honor or memory of someone special today!

When you give a gift to The Arc this holiday season, you are helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) achieve their hopes and dreams. Your gift will help us continue our work no matter how small or large the donation. Your gift is acknowledged with a card and magnet sent to the recipient or their family letting them know that a donation has been made in their honor.

Thank you for making 2013 a success! Have a happy holiday from all of us here at The Arc.

The Arc’s HealthMeet initiative, which aims to reduce health disparities among people with ID, is launching a short, internet-based survey for either family or staff caregivers of people with ID. This survey asks questions about health status of people with ID in different areas that are noticed by caregivers but can also be used as a checklist to help you identify red flags about the health of the person with ID in your life. The confidential survey takes about 15 minutes. Take the survey now and please share with anyone you know who provides care for people with ID either professionally or as a family member. HealthMeet® is a project of The Arc and is supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 5U59DD000993-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a grant award of $938,745. For families of children with autism spectrum disorders, everyday tasks can sometimes prove to be difficult for their child. Traveling can be particularly challenging, from the sights and sounds of the airport to dealing with security, which is why many families are excited about one of The Arc’s newest national initiatives, Wings for Autism.

Specifically designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and aviation professionals, Wings for Autism provides a rehearsal for families and airport, airline and TSA staff.

There are 3 confirmed Wings for Autism events scheduled in 2014, and many more in the planning process:

  • Seattle, WA on January 25, 2014
  • Jacksonville, FL on January 29, 2014
  • Tulsa, OK on April 12, 2014

To learn more about this program contact Karen Wolf-Branigin or Nichole Goble.

Get New Resources on Autism – In English, Spanish and Mandarin
Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource & Information Center, a project of The Arc, has created a series of seven fact sheets offering information about topics important to individuals with autism and their families such as employment, inclusion, IEPs, future planning and Social Security. Each fact sheet offers in-depth information along with links to other resources written specifically to be accessible to individuals with autism. And, each fact sheet is translated into Spanish and Mandarin. The Autism NOW Center is funded in part by the Administration in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and offers reliable, vetted, quality resources through its flagship website, www.autismnow.org.
A Chapter of The Arc Promoting Health and Nutrition in Schenectady County
Schenectady ARC, a provider of residential, vocational, clinical, and adult day services in New York State’s Capital Region, recognized that among its 1,480 participants, nearly 10 percent were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, obesity, or diabetes and they decided to do something to address the needs of those they served.

While nationally-based research showed individuals with I/DD were more prone to incidence of chronic disease, Schenectady ARC had confidence that they could help their participants by improving their diet and educating them about healthy eating habits. Created with the goal of helping individuals with I/DD, the “Know, Grow and Eat Your Vegetables” program, a garden-based nutrition education program for people with I/DD, is now getting national recognition. Read more on The Arc’s blog.

More Chapters to Provide School-to-Community Transition Programs
Thanks to a generous gift from the AT&T Foundation, The Arc’s School-to-Community Transition Initiative is supporting five additional chapters with sub-grants for new transition projects through 2014. These projects will connect individuals with paid employment opportunities and/or a degree/certificate-earning postsecondary education program. Recipients of the five new sub-grants are St. Louis Arc (MO), The Arc of Haywood County (NC), The Arc of Baltimore (MD), Allegany Arc (NY) and The Arc of Tennessee. If you would like more information on The Arc’s School-to-Community Transition Initiative, please contact Jonathan Lucus or Nichole Goble.
Apostrophe Magazine Wins Awards
Aware, Inc., The Arc’s state chapter in Montana and publisher of Apostrophe Magazine have been named Gold Winners in two categories by MarCom Awards. These international awards recognize outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. There were over 6,500 entries from the U.S., Canada and several other countries. Apostrophe won gold in both the non-profit magazine and print magazine design categories and received an honorable mention for its website: apostrophemagazine.com. Be sure to check out this award-winning publication by, for and about people with I/DD and find out how you can to raise funds for your chapter while selling discounted subscriptions.
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