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President Obama speaks at the White House Community Leaders Briefing
President Obama Tells The Arc, Disability Community “I’ve Got Your Back”

Last Friday, 150 leaders of The Arc from across the country met with senior officials at the White House to discuss issues facing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The session, held just for The Arc, included an unannounced visit from President Barack Obama, who spoke of his commitment to people with disabilities saying, “I’ve got your back.”

Throughout the day, The Arc was briefed on topics including Medicaid, education, community living and other issues. Many of the speakers, including President Obama, referenced the impact advocates made during budget negotiations to protect Medicaid, and encouraged The Arc and others to continue these efforts. Learn more on our blog.

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Act Now for Best Rates for the Disability Policy Seminar Community Living, Spreading Across the Country! Make your Mark in March – DD Awareness Month
This year, it is even more important to take action as we approach a pivotal election in November. Register now for the 2012 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. April 23-25. Come together with other advocates, learn about the issues, and speak with your elected officials about what is important to you. Take advantage of special early registration and hotel rates available until March 20. This event is the biggest and best opportunity for you to help advance the grassroots movement for people with I/DD. Read more at disabilitypolicyseminar.org. Virginia, Alabama, and Illinois have all made recent progress, with input from chapters of The Arc, to move away from institutional living and to options in the community. Being part of the community and living as independently as possible are among the most important values and goals shared by people with disabilities, their families, and advocates. Learn about progress in Alabama, Illinois, and Virginia. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and your opportunity to spread the word about our cause. We’ve got the power to make our mark on the public consciousness if we come together as a community to support people with I/DD. Find out more about The Arc’s “Don’t Cut Our Lifeline” campaign and get important public policy information online so you can join us in raising awareness about the issues important to people with I/DD. Be sure to check out our blog, Facebook and Twitter throughout March as we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
The Arc & Sprout National Film Festival Puts the Spotlight on I/DD
The Arc has partnered with Sprout, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing innovative programming to people with I/DD, to create a national film festival hosted by chapters of The Arc. Participating chapters are scheduling events across the country featuring films for and about people with I/DD. The films – some serious, some humorous – are always impactful and take great care to show the utmost respect for people with I/DD. In addition to providing an entertaining and educational experience for the audience, the films also provide a unique platform and creative outlet for performers with I/DD. Find a screening near you.
Welcoming Amy Goodman to The Arc!
The Arc is excited to welcome Amy Goodman to our team! In November, Amy joined Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center, a national initiative of The Arc, as the new co-director. Amy has unique insights to share as an individual on the Autism Spectrum who was diagnosed in her thirties. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and important personal experiences, she has already proven to be a great asset to The Arc and Autism NOW. To read more about Amy in her own words, visit our blog.
Apostrophe Magazine Is a Positive Spin on Life with I/DD
The Arc has established a relationship with Apostrophe Magazine and their parent company, AWARE, Inc., to bring you a refreshing perspective on what a publication for people with disabilities can be. In the coming months, you’ll find guest columns from The Arc in the pages of Apostrophe and on their blog and The Arc will feature guest posts from the editors of the magazine on our blog. Every issue of the magazine features stories about people living productive lives and achieving success at home, at work and at play. The magazine’s unique title comes from their core message: “Forget Can’t and Don’t – We Can and Do.” Check them out to see how they work to remove those “apostrophes” from people’s lives.
Autism NOW, Mobile and Mapped
Last year, The Arc launched Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center to help people searching the web separate fact from fiction when it comes to autism. The center's staff rolled out two exciting new features on the site recently – one is a mobile version, allowing users to get to content faster on the go, and creating better accessibility overall for the site. The second new feature is a local agencies directory in the form of a map, which provides an easy-to-use way to find agencies in your state that can help with services, support and resources for living with autism and other developmental disabilities.
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