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Flooding in Crisfield, MD due to Hurricane Sandy
The Arc in Hurricane Sandy’s Path

In October, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the east coast. While images of devastation and stories of loss filled the airways, the inspiring tales of communities coming together seemed to be overlooked. The Arc’s network includes more than 700 chapters in 49 states across the country, with more than 70 chapters in New York and New Jersey – the hardest hit states. In the days and weeks after Sandy, chapters of The Arc picked up the pieces and their communities came together. Check out The Arc’s blog to read an inspirational account of how chapters are bouncing back with community support. You can also donate to The Arc’s Disaster Relief Fund on our website.

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Give the Gift of Achievement President Obama and Vice President Biden HealthMeet
Give the Gift of Achievement this Season! The Arc at the Table with President Obama, Vice President Biden Kick Start Your Health with The Arc’s HealthMeet™ Program
Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything? Why not make a gift to The Arc in someone’s honor. Tribute gifts are a meaningful way to honor the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special people in your life. Your gift is acknowledged with a card to the recipient or their family letting them know that a donation has been made in their honor. Your generosity allows us to continue our work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, please consider giving the gift of achievement today. In the last few weeks, representatives from The Arc have been at the table with both President Obama and Vice President Biden to provide insight on the impact of budget decisions in Washington on people with I/DD and their families. In November, The Arc’s CEO Peter Berns joined other civil rights organization leaders at the White House.

And last Friday, Bob Hage, a parent advocate from Pennington, New Jersey joined Vice President Biden for lunch at a diner just outside of Washington, DC to share how a tax increase would impact him and his wife Odette Adrian’s ability to pay for critical supports and services for their nine-year-old twin daughters, Annika and Maya.

Share your story with The Arc! Help us put a face on programs like Medicaid, SSI, and Social Security in order to convince Congress to protect these programs from devastating cuts during budget negotiations.

HealthMeet™, a project of The Arc funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to reduce health disparities and increase the longevity and quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. Looking to kick start your healthy habits and those of people with I/D in 2013? Check out our new web page with information about the program, resources, trainings and a schedule of upcoming webinars. You can register now for a December 19 session to learn about The Arc of San Francisco’s successful Center for Health and Wellness, and check out upcoming January topics too!
Usher in 2013 with 2013!
You can help us ring in a new year of big achievements for people with I/DD. If you and each of your friends gave just $20.13 or more by December 31, it would make a big difference for The Arc and the people we serve. Another way you can help us get there is by “liking” and sharing our Facebook page and blog with everyone you know! We hope to add 2013 new fans by the end of this year. And, you never know what kind of great stuff we’re going to post about what’s going on in the I/DD community, or what our chapters and over 8,000 current fans might post about the amazing things they are achieving.
On the Heels of Our National Convention and International Forum, a Stinging Defeat
This fall, The Arc and Inclusion International joined forces for The 2012 National Convention and International Forum. A major focus of the conference was the vital importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which would promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.

For months, The Arc worked with numerous other disability advocacy groups to garner support for ratifying the treaty. Unfortunately, the CRPD was defeated in the Senate earlier this month. Were you in the loop on how to help pass this important treaty? If not, sign up for our Action List!

The Fiscal Cliff – Do You Have the Facts?
The Arc succeeded in helping to protect Medicaid in last year’s deficit reduction law, the Budget Control Act (BCA). Now there is mounting pressure to find an alternative to cuts mandated by the BCA or to find additional cuts in the federal budget to reduce the deficit further. We must renew our efforts to protect the four major programs that impact people with I/DD - Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Do you have the facts on the “fiscal cliff” and the federal budget? Read our latest publication from The Arc’s public policy team, the experts much of the disability sector relies on.

The bottom line is that our work is far from over, and we need you to get involved!

The Arc Welcomes New Members to their National Board of Directors!
The Arc has appointed a new board of directors to lead its work for the next two years. This distinguished group includes professionals in the I/DD field and affiliated services, parents, self- advocates and other leaders in the disability rights movement. There could not be a better group of individuals to help further The Arc’s mission!

Newly elected board president, Nancy Webster of Indianan Head Bark, Illinois will be leading the charge as we enter 2013. To learn more about The Arc’s new Board of Directors check out our blog.

The Arc of Madison County Expands Employment in Alabama
People with I/DD deserve to be employed in the community alongside people without disabilities and earn competitive wages. Through one of our newest initiatives, “eXplore eRecycling”, funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation, chapters of The Arc are awarded funds to help develop or enhance electronic waste management programs that offer community-based employment opportunities for people with I/DD.

In Madison County, Alabama, our local chapter is using their eXplore grant to expand their existing e-recycling business, and the employees were thrilled to recently show off their work to a community leader, boasting of their work and the opportunity for more people with I/DD to work in the community. Learn more on The Arc’s blog!

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