At the national headquarters in Washington, DC, we currently maintain 9national programs that are actively changing lives in our community. We also host annual events that bring together families, self-advocates, and professionals to share ideas, inspiration and resources, and we work to support our chapters to advocate at the federal and state level and provide services to their communities at the local level.
These are big, important programs for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities, and it may seem daunting to imagine how you as a single person can make a difference in their fate. But you aren’t alone―the entire disability movement must organize, unite and be proactive, and make sure elected officials know our issues and protect the lifeline.
So how can you help? Stay informed by signing up for The Arc’s Action E-list, and take action when we sent out alerts. Your phone calls and emails matter―Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents when they are making up their minds on the tough votes. And get involved with your local or state chapter of The Arc – every state has its own budget that impacts people with I/DD, and The Arc is on the front lines in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
For those readers who did not know about The Arc before reading this blog, you aren’t alone―members of our network tell us The Arc is the largest and best kept secret in our community. So, we are working to change that. With the generous support of Comcast/NBCUniversal, we are airing a brand new public service announcement (PSA) that captures how The Arc is a part of the lives of people with I/DD across the arc of a lifetime