The Arc of NoVa Meets with Delegate and Constituents

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Director of Advocacy Lucy Beadnell recently meet with Virginia 10th District Delegate Wendy Gooditis in the home of Corey Weisman, one of the delegate’s constituents with autism.  Corey and his mom Robin did a tremendous job talking about the value of inclusive education, employment, affordable housing, and Waiver services for […]

Staffer from Senator Warner’s Office Visits The Arc of Northern Virginia

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Executive Director, Rikki Epstein, and Director of Advocacy, Lucy Beadnell, were thrilled to meet with Scott Price, Regional Director for the Office of Senator Mark Warner.   Rikki and Lucy shared their concerns for the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. The Arc of […]

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 […]

January Advocacy Events Just Announced!

I am thrilled to announce our big advocacy days for 2017.  As so many of you know personally, Virginia continues to fall behind in providing services to people with developmental disabilities.  We are not in compliance with our Dept. of Justice settlement agreement, our waiting list for Medicaid Waivers has ballooned to over 11,000 people, […]

The Ability Blogspot – Waiting List Story, May 2016

Each Month we post a story by an individual with a disability living in our community and on a waiting list for services. You can read our May 2016 story by Ellliot and all of our past stories here. May 2016, Delegates and Senators, We know it was a big year for intellectual and developmental […]

The Ability Blogspot-Fixing Your Concerns this Summer, May 2016

Fixing Your Concerns this Summer Several years ago we began a program we call Summer Homework.  We decided to use the summers when legislators are home and families often have more flexibility to invite legislators in.  During the busy time of year when legislators are making decisions, we feel fortunate to have 15 minutes with […]

The Ability Blogspot- Update on Overtime

 4.25.16 UPDATE The House voted decisively (mostly along party lines) not to fund the overtime the Governor re-requested.  This means that any relief that can be provided by the General Assembly is pretty much exhausted for this session and I expect to see the 40 hour per attendant limit in place on July 1, 2016.  The […]

The Ability Blogspot – Waiting Lists and the April 2016 Story

4.20.16 More on Waivers Thank you all for your hard work during the 2016 session and for trekking back to Richmond to wrap things up.  It is a very hard job with long hours and we are so grateful you have stepped up to do the heavy lifting. We know it was a big year […]

The Ability Blogspot – Overtime for CD-PCA’s

4.13.16 Overtime for Consumer Directed Personal Care Attendants As many of you know, the Governor had put forth a proposal to allow consumer directed attendants to get up to 16 hours of paid overtime for the hours they worked with people with Waivers.  The General Assembly removed that funding.  There is now a proposal by […]