The Virginia General Assembly ended their session as scheduled on March 10th, but without passing a final budget. Governor Northam has called them back to session beginning on April 11th to come to final decisions on the budget and pass a budget he can sign. The biggest barrier to passing a budget was the decision […]
Advocates, Senators and Delegates, Thank you for all the work you do during session to improve our state. The Governor’s proposed budget this year included 755 Developmental Disability (DD) Waivers for people on the waiting list, split over the biennium. There were an additional 70 Waivers for people leaving Training Centers that waiting list families […]
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, […]
Budget Hearing Wednesday!
The hearing is at 10 AM. Sign ups begin at 9, reps from The Arc of Northern Virginia will be there very early holding our place and signing up right at 9 AM. I anticipate us being one of the first sets of speakers, so we hope to be done speaking by 11 AM. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 at […]