President’s Day Recess Advocacy Tools

Members of Congress will be back home next week for the President’s Day recess. This recess, please urge your Members of Congress to support community living funding through the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. This vital program has provided federal funds to states to transition individuals with disabilities and the aging population out of […]

The Arc Responds to House Passage of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Education and Reform Act

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 620, the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Education and Reform Act, a bill that would create additional requirements for filing lawsuits under the ADA. The Arc released the following statement in response to the passage of the bill: “Individuals with disabilities have faced decades of discrimination, […]

The Arc of Northern Virginia in Richmond for DD Advocacy Day

Many thanks to our fabulous Director of Advocacy Lucy Beadnell for organizing a very productive advocacy day in Richmond!! Teams of advocates met with about 30 state legislators and legislative aides. A highlight of the day was a very special ceremony. The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Board member Sharon Cummings’ son Conner presented Governor Ralph Northam with […]

Register Today: Disability Policy Seminar!

Registration for the premier policy event of the year is officially open! Join other advocates and professionals from all over the country to get up-to-date on the latest policy issues and legislation. It is an excellent opportunity to advance our grassroots movement, meet with your Members of Congress, and educate them on the needs of […]

Criminal Justice Guides

Respectability just released a white paper on the intersection of Disability and Criminal Justice Reform.  The report begins by highlighting what we have come to know at The Arc of Northern Virginia quite personally– people with developmental disabilities are much more likely to have negative interactions with the justice system and end up incarcerated than the […]

Rescheduled! DD Advocacy Day – Now February 13, 2018

Thank you all for your understanding this week as our plans shifted drastically at the last minute! We’re excited to have lots of new advocacy options in the works. Please let me know if you’d like to join us for any (or all!) of the following: 1. We’ll head to Richmond for a mini-DD Advocacy […]

The Arc of Virginia has Cancelled Tomorrow’s DD Advocacy Day

The Arc of Virginia has Cancelled Tomorrow’s DD Advocacy Day!! While the weather forecast in Northern Virginia is manageable, the state chapter has cancelled because the weather forecast is much worse in Richmond. We all want to ensure everyone’s safety. Stay tuned for information about other advocacy opportunities. For more information about how to be […]

Budget Hearing Update – and more to come!

What a fantastic hearing yesterday! We have so many people to thank. First, many thanks to Erin, Corey, Brooke, and David, who are all incredibly powerful speakers. You all are talented with unique stories to share and you could see the wheels turning in the heads of legislators as you spoke. Thank you to Rikki, […]