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The Arc's 2011 National Convention
National Convention Early Bird Rates Extended

There’s still time to catch early bird rates for The Arc’s National Convention September 16-19 in Denver, CO, if you act now. Register by Friday for three days of informative and inspirational sessions touching on many topics important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) such as: Voting, Protecting Social Security, Supporting Families, Special Needs Planning for Parents, Involving Siblings and Affordable Housing. And special events such as The Arc and Sprout National Film Festival spotlighting people with I/DD and a huge opening event at Lucky Strike are sure to entertain. Find out more and register before August 19 for big savings.

More Reasons to Come to Convention…

  • Engaging speakers including Dr. David Braddock, the force behind the “State of the States in Developmental Disabilities” assessment of state performance on issues important to the I/DD community and Dr. Temple Grandin, noted scientist and subject of an award-winning film.
  • The Arc and Sprout National Film Festival Luncheon spotlighting films created by, starring or about people with I/DD.
  • The Marketplace filled with programs, services and products designed especially for you including Entrepreneur’s Alley where budding businesspeople with I/DD showcase their entrepreneurial spirit.
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Inspire Others with Your Advocacy Story Federal Spending and Debt Bill Signed
Autism NOW In Action!
The Arc is excited to partner with the Genetic Alliance, the world’s leading nonprofit health advocacy organization on a project called Family Voices. An online questionnaire is designed to collect inspirational stories of advocacy from parents, other relatives, caregivers and individuals with disabilities with the goal of helping others with disabilities understand and influence their own path in advocacy. Find out more at the questionnaire landing page or on The Arc’s blog. President Obama signed the Budget Control Act into law on August 2. The law creates a three step process to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and reduce the deficit over 10 years. At least $840 billion will be cut from discretionary programs alone and Congress is charged with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by 2021.

Massive cuts to important disability-related programs, like Medicaid, Social Security, housing, education, and employment are possible in different steps of the process.

Learn more about this law on our Capitol Insider blog.

Autism NOW Center staff has traveled around the country to engage individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and professionals in the field. The five exciting regional summits were a huge success and have changed the lives of many.

During these two day summits, attendees had the chance to speak to other families, self advocates, and experts about the challenges facing them and to share and access resources and networks in their region. The summits included interactive sessions, where people had the opportunity to share their stories, concerns and questions and feel a sense of community. Read more

Think Before You Drink!
The Arc has a strong history in the prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), especially when it comes to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (or FASD), so we were thrilled when we saw a friend of The Arc featured in PEOPLE Magazine! Dillon Ohlemiller is 18 years old and the adopted son of Melinda Ohlemiller, a staunch advocate for people with FASD who has worked for St. Louis Arc for 17 years.

Dillon is a shining example of how early supports and services can make the defining difference in the life of someone with an FASD. Learn more about Dillon’s story.

A Story That Had to be Shared
Curveball follows the Phillies, a little league baseball team made up of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and kids with physical disabilities, as they get ready for opening day. Moved watching his nephew, who has autism, participate in his first practice, filmmaker Brian Fox decided to make a documentary about the team.

The film gives you an opportunity to watch the kids overcome the unique challenges facing them and enjoy the game just like the rest of their peers. Showcasing a truly inspirational group - from the extraordinary kids, their unique coach and their ever-supportive families – this is truly a touching film.

The Arc’s Resource Blog Continues Expansion of Online Community
From the launch of the new brand and our new website to active participation with our members through social networks, The Arc has expanded its online presence!

One of the newest additions to our online community is The Arc Resource Blog. This Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Resource Blog is an online catalogue of resources for self advocates, parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in I/DD resources. The blog is a response to requests for additional information and resources so this blog puts all these resources at everyone’s fingertips. You can pose questions and post responses to information, and even submit resources for consideration in the future. Check it out!

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