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Announcing The Arc’s HealthMeet™: Health Promotion for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Arc is launching a new health promotion project, thanks to a new three-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)! HealthMeet™ will aim to raise awareness of and reduce the significant health disparities often experienced by people with intellectual disabilities (ID), including those with autism. So what is our plan? Our goal: to move more than 6,000 people with ID of all ages through a basic, free, non-invasive health screening that is conducted by volunteer health professionals. Learn more about HealthMeet™.

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Jennifer Dresen, Director, The Arc San Francisco Center for Health and Wellness, checks a client’s blood pressure at a recent screening

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The Presidential Campaigns – On the Record on Disability Issues Help Make a Meaningful Connection this Season Are You Ready to Vote in this Historic Election?
With an historic election guaranteed to impact issues that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) care about, The Arc joined approximately 80 other organizations in sponsoring the National Forum on Disability Issues on September 28 in Columbus, Ohio.

The non-partisan forum was the only national event that brought together representatives from President Barack Obama’s and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaigns and provided them with a platform to present their candidate’s policy positions on disability issues. Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, Jr. spoke on behalf of the President, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) stepped in for Governor Romney. Read the press coverage.

Do you know someone who would enjoy being connected to the nation’s leading and largest organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? Would this person or an organization they are associated with benefit from the connections they could make with experts, professionals in the field, families, and others with I/DD who share their point of view? We have special categories for organizations and special rates for self-advocates and families. Give the gift of membership in The Arc this year! Are you registered? Are you informed on the issues at stake in this election? What is your plan to either vote via absentee ballot or get to the polls?

If you answered “no” or “I don’t know” to any of these questions, now is the time to act and empower yourself in this election! People with I/DD are an incredibly important voting bloc in our nation, but the people elected to serve us in local, state and federal government – including the White House – won’t hear us if we don’t exercise our right to vote.

The Arc’s We’ve Got The Power campaign has the tools you need to be involved this election season. Act now!

Get the Facts on the Health Care Law
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the disability community must work to better understand the law and its many benefits.

Numerous ACA provisions related to both acute care and long term services and supports hold great promise for improving the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities. Read The Arc’s in-depth guide for advocates on the ACA, and read a one page summary of the guide for a shorter version.

This analysis was previously shared with those who are signed up for our Action List. Want to get involved with The Arc’s legislative advocacy? Sign up today.

Act Today to Protect Yourself from the Flu
Guarding yourself and your loved ones during flu season has always been important, but a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown how important it truly is for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The study looked at the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak and the disproportionately high number of children with neurologic disorders who died as compared to children without. Of those deaths the most frequently cited conditions the children had were intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. To read more about this study, visit our blog. To learn more about the flu and where to get a flu shot in your community, visit the CDC website.
Unique Resource Makes Self-Advocacy Simple!
The University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with I/DD. Self-Advocacy Online is a rich, accessible educational and networking tool targeted to those who are just learning about their own rights and responsibilities as well as those who participate in organized self-advocacy groups such as The Arc’s National Council of Self Advocates. The site consists of multi-media lessons on topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives, a video story wall and a national listing of self-advocacy groups. It offers translation of research and other data-heavy information into easily accessible formats. This online tool will provide a hub for people to get information, collaborate and share ideas, and boost computer literacy skills, too!
The Arc Audi Racing Team at the Finish Line for 2012
This year, The Arc had an exciting opportunity to partner with Istook’s Motorsports, Volkswagen Group of America and the Pirelli World Challenge Series to open up the world of racing to individuals with I/DD.

Professional race team owner Don Istook and his wife Laurie have a unique personal connection to the I/DD community. Two of Laurie’s brothers, Mark and Tyson, have Fragile X, but this hasn’t stopped them from being part of Don’s pit crew. Inspired by their success, Don and Laurie ran a program, The Arc Audi Racing Team, that offered a behind the scenes access to the races to people with I/DD served by chapters of The Arc.

We’re already making plans for the 2013 season, so look for The Arc at the races!

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