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Talk About Sexual Violence: Chris’ Story
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault and violence disproportionately affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), with findings from NPR revealing that people with I/DD are assaulted at seven times the rate of people without disabilities. The … Continue reading
Monday, April 15, 2019 11:38:06 AM

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Shining the Light on a Silent Epidemic
Chris Miller, James Meadours, and Kecia Weller Every day, in every community across the U.S., people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are being sexually assaulted. Too many have a story to tell, and yet few are ever heard. The … Continue reading
Saturday, April 06, 2019 3:07:19 PM

Supreme Court Reaffirms Commitment to Clinical Standards, Not Stereotypes, In Determining Intellectual Disability in Death Penalty Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curiam (published in the name of the Court rather than specific judges) opinion today reversing the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) and finding that Bobby Moore is a person with intellectual disability … Continue reading
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 9:05:53 PM

Two of The Arc’s Programs to Receive Prestigious Zero Project Awards
The Arc of the United States is pleased to announce two of its programs, Wings for Autism®/Wings for All® and the National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD)’s Pathways to Justice®, have been named 2019 Zero Project Awardees. The … Continue reading
Monday, January 14, 2019 2:39:39 PM

The Arc Expands “Talk About Sexual Violence” Project to Focus on Men With Disabilities
The Arc of the United States is pleased to announce the National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD®) received a grant from the WITH Foundation to expand its successful initiative Talk About Sexual Violence (TASV). TASV was born out … Continue reading
Friday, January 04, 2019 4:21:02 PM

The Arc Responds to Appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court
  Today, The Arc responded to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the United States Supreme Court. In August, The Arc came out in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the highest court based on his decisions on cases involving self-determination … Continue reading
Saturday, October 06, 2018 8:23:46 PM

The Arc Partners with the Vera Institute of Justice on National Initiative to Improve Police Responses to Persons with Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
People living with mental health disabilities and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are disproportionately represented in contacts with law enforcement and other first responders, as well as in every part of the criminal justice system, including jails and prisons. While … Continue reading
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:19:15 PM

The Arc Responds to Supreme Court Decision to Decline Review of Brendan Dassey Case
Washington, DC – Washington, D.C. – Today, The U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant review of Dassey v. Dittman. Brendan Dassey, a young man with social, learning, and developmental disabilities, was a central figure in Netflix’s smash docuseries, Making a Murderer.  He was sentenced to … Continue reading
Monday, June 25, 2018 1:29:16 PM

Kecia’s #MeToo Story
WARNING: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault Individuals with disabilities are seven times more likely to be victims of sexual assault than those without disabilities. Kecia, sexual assault survivor-turned-advocate, is one of those individuals. She was raped, but justice was … Continue reading
Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:48:21 AM

The Arc Responds to New Report Exposing Abuse and Neglect of Individuals With Disabilities in Group Homes
Washington, DC – At the request of Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General investigated states’ monitoring and reporting of injuries and other critical incidents of people with disabilities living in group homes. Following … Continue reading
Monday, January 22, 2018 5:00:41 PM