Advocacy and The Arc

Legislative Advocacy

We advocate in Congress for laws that benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This includes all stages of legislative process from identifying the issues to be resolved, conducting substantive research, involving stakeholders, developing legislative language, providing testimony and technical advice to Congressional committees, and activating our grassroots networks to seek support from their Members of Congress.  In addition, we work with the White House to help ensure enactment.  More....

Regulatory Advocacy

We advocate with federal agencies that implement the laws that are important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We regularly work with the following executive branch agencies:  The Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; Housing and Urban Development; Labor; Justice, Transportation, and Homeland Security.  We provide comments to agencies when they issue proposed regulations, we serve on commissions, boards, and advisory panels to help ensure the proper implementation of laws, and frequently meet with high level executive branch officials to exchange ideas and information on issues and programs.  More....

Legal Advocacy

We advocate in the federal courts and state supreme courts for proper interpretation of laws that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We primarily serve as ‘friends of the court” (amicus curiae).  We file briefs in cases which significantly involve and/or affect persons with developmental disabilities, such as death row cases and  cases involving the interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Olmstead Supreme Court decision regarding the states’ community integration mandate.  More...