June 2010                                                                                                                              

The Arc Joins with other Advocates to Protect Patients/Keep Health Law Intact

An amicus brief urging the courts to protect Americans from frivolous lawsuits that would have the effect of undermining protections provided by the nation’s new health care reform legislation was filed last week by The Arc in conjunction with other disability and disease-specific organizations.

The brief was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in response to a Virginia lawsuit (Virginia v. Sebelius).  The lawsuit, advocacy groups say, would weaken health reform’s protection against discrimination based on pre-existing medical conditions

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 Fighting for Health Care

This Just In



Lauren Potter of Glee

A ‘Glee-ful’ Convention in Orlando

Excitement is building around The Arc’s National Convention in Orlando, Florida from November 3-6, 2010!  Actors Lauren Potter and Robin Trocki from the cast of the hit show Glee will be honored at Convention with The Arc’s Inclusion & Image Award in recognition of their achievements in television for breaking down barriers, increasing awareness and shattering stereotypes.

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Cristy Marchand
The Arc of Maryland

Cristy Marchand Receives AAIDD ‘Presidential Award’

The Arc of Maryland’s Executive Director Cristy Marchand was honored with the prestigious American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) ‘Presidential Award’ for her dynamic leadership in advocating for people with I/DD and their families.  She received the award at AAIDD’s annual convention in Providence, RI in mid-June.

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New York State Capitol in Albany  

NY State Agency Grapples with ‘the R-word’

A proposal by New York’s Governor David A. Paterson to change the office’s name to the “Developmental Disabilities Services Office” that passed the State Senate was pulled before reaching the Assembly floor.  It was the second time in a year, and this move was a surprise given the activism against the term (mental retardation) in the state.

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Oral History Project Captures Experiences of Self-Advocates

Members of The Arc’s national board, Joe Meadours and Chester Finn, are among the 13 self-advocates whose unique experiences are recorded as part of the University of California, Berkeley’s library collection on disability rights. 

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Chapter Highlights

Timothy Hornbecker, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of San Francisco joins his chapter in congratulating Carmelite Buonaventura on her one-year anniversary as an employee in the Office of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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