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     February 2011                                                                                                                             

The Arc of Indiana Assails Budget Cuts

With 2011 barely a month old, advocates in Indiana reeled from incoming reports that Indiana’s budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers suggested to families that they leave their family members with disabilities at homeless shelters.

While the Indiana Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) officially said this is not the agency’s policy, parents were told this was one option when families can no longer care for children at home and have not received Medicaid waivers that pay for services that support individuals living independently.

While news reports said that “there have been no confirmed cases of families dumping severely disabled people at homeless shelters because Indiana wouldn’t provide the care needed,” advocates received conflicting reports.  Kim Dodson, Associate Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana asserted that reports had been received of state workers in several BDDS’s eight regional offices steering families to take adults with disabilities to homeless shelters.

From coast to coast, funding for basic services is at risk and thousands will continue to be hit hard.  Advocates know more budget cuts undermine the ability of an individual to make choices about where they live, work and enjoy the freedom to live independently.  As one disability advocate said, “the bottom line is that the more budget cuts we endure, the more our civil rights are reduced.”

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This Just In: Register for the Disability Policy Seminar

In less than two weeks hundreds of advocates and activists will come to Washington to cultivate new champions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from new members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Register now to attend this informative event with leading public policy experts and Congressional staff discussing crucial federal policies.

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Transit Cuts in LA Hit People with I/DD

When The Arc Baton Rouge Executive Director Barry Meyer learned that the Baton Rouge Metro Council was considering a vote cutting services and raising prices, he was stunned.

Meyer knew that cuts would severely impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cuts to services and raised fares would hit those that relied on these services most.

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Did you know that March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month?

March is Our Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month thanks to The Arc’s advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It’s no coincidence that The Arc has chosen March to reveal its new brand identity nationally and in communities across the country to cement its leadership of the I/DD community in the minds of the public. Stay tuned for more announcements to come and watch for the new visual identity to appear March 1.

Steve Larson, Public Policy Director at The Arc of Minnesota. Photo courtesy of The Arc of Minnesota.

Children Should Not be Budget Cuts

Hundreds of advocates descended on the State Capitol in St. Paul Minnesota to protest a “cuts only” approach to balancing the state budget.  Most at stake are ongoing cuts to the state’s personal care assistance (PCA) program. “We have got to really look at what the impact is, not only fiscally, but on human life.

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Temple Grandin to Keynote at Convention 2011

Dr. Temple Grandin, the real-life inspiration of the biopic which recently won Claire Danes an Emmy and a Golden Globe award, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at The Arc’s National Convention in Denver, CO in September.

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What Can You Do to Promote Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month?

Check out this list from The Arc full of suggestions everyone of us can engage in on a daily basis during March to help promote more awareness about I/DD and encourage respect and support for individuals and families living with a disability.

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