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The Arc of the St. John’s campaigns against budget cuts.
Funding Cuts in Florida Could Be Future for Other States

BREAKING NEWS: As this newsletter went to press we received word that the Governor of Florida has rescinded an executive order for 15 percent cuts in funding for providers working with people with developmental disabilities. “The governor heard our voices,” said Deb Linton of The Arc of Florida, “I’m glad he listened.” Read on for the full story with updates at the end.

In case you want or need proof of how national economic policy is playing out on a local level, you should be aware what is happening in Florida. Disability service providers in Florida, including many Chapters of The Arc, are impacted by an immediate 15 percent funding cut ordered by the governor which applies to many state services. Read the full article.

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New Resources for Job Seekers Budget Resolution Includes Radical Cuts, Restructuring of Medicaid New Survey Results to Be Revealed
The National Institutes of Health offers JobTIPS, an online resource for job seekers with disabilities with advice on interviewing and talking about your diagnosis with potential employers. Also, NIH will host an invitation-only hiring event for people with disabilities in early June. To be considered, individuals must submit a resume online and provide documentation supporting their disability. Learn more at disability.gov. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced a Budget Resolution which includes unprecedented cuts to Medicaid of $1 trillion over 10 years. To implement cuts this deep, Congress would need to radically restructure the financing of Medicaid which would likely include an end to the individual entitlement and significant cuts to long term services and supports available in the states. Learn more at Kaiser Health News. On June 14 The Arc will reveal top findings from the Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey. This landmark study surveyed the true circumstances and needs of more than 5,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers. The top findings will be released during a satellite media tour and press event followed up by a publication called Still in the Shadows with the Future Uncertain.
April = Autism Awareness
Autism Awareness Month is a time for learning about autism as well as a celebration of individuals on the autism spectrum. It’s also the perfect time to discover Autism NOW’s new website. Autism NOW is a national initiative of The Arc charged with becoming the nation’s source for resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism, other developmental disabilities and their families. READ MORE
Sprout Film Festival Shines Spotlight on I/DD
Check out the 2011 Sprout Film Festival April 29 - May 1 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC featuring 50 unique, entertaining and memorable films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The festival will offer a captioned version of Willowbrook: the Last Great Disgrace, a TV expose featuring Giraldo Rivera which resulted in a change in how people viewed institutionalization for people with disabilities.
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