The Arc {eNewsletter} 10-21-13

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New National Resource Center on Criminal Justice and Disability
When individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) become involved in the criminal justice system as suspects or victims, they often face miscommunication, fear, confusion and prejudice. Through a two-year grant for $400,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), The Arc plans to help reconcile the problems facing individuals with I/DD in the criminal justice system by creating a national center on justice and I/DD.

This center will be the first of its kind to bring together both victim and offender issues involving people with I/DD under one roof. According to the National Crime Victim Survey of 2010, the victimization rate is twice as high for individuals with disabilities as compared to those without disabilities. To learn more, check out The Arc’s announcement of this grant.

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The Arc Taking Lead on Educating Medical Professionals on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders The Agreement to Re-Open the Federal Government and Raise the Nation’s Debt Ceiling – What Does it Mean to The Arc? Endorse Equal Access to Technology for Individuals with Disabilities
Building on The Arc’s long history working on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention and providing services to people with FASD, The Arc is excited to announce it has been awarded a more than $1.3 million cooperative agreement over three years from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau to increase the education of medical professionals regarding alcohol-exposed pregnancy and change clinical practice to better prevent FASD.Through this grant, The Arc will develop trainings including webinars, peer learning communities, and continuing medical education (CME) courses for allied health professionals, and create and disseminate culturally appropriate materials.

This cooperative agreement is made possible in part by Grant No. U1HMC26371 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Arc is relieved that Congress reached a last minute agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid defaulting on our debts. The government shutdown had already put in jeopardy services and supports that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on, and the narrowly averted default would have resulted in an economic crisis in our country and around the world that would have affected all citizens. However, despite this temporary victory, we recognize the very difficult challenges that lie ahead for the disability community in the next few months.To read about the key provisions of the agreement and what the agreement means for The Arc, visit our blog. Do you benefit from technology on a daily basis? People with cognitive disabilities are estimated to comprise over 60% of the world’s total population of people with disabilities, yet the vast majority of people with cognitive disabilities have limited or no access to comprehensible information and usable communications technologies.The Arc has joined more than 80 other organizations in supporting a declaration on the rights of people with cognitive disabilities to have an equal right to technology and information access. The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access is a statement of principles: the rights of ALL people to inclusion and choice in relation to technology and information access. To endorse the declaration visit the Coleman Institute website.
A Special Way to Honor Someone You Love
Birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are all special events in individual’s lives, and at The Arc we are honored to be part of these occasions through tribute gifts. Every year hundreds of people make gifts to remember someone special or to mark a milestone. These tribute gifts help us continue our work no matter how small or large the donation. And, your gift is acknowledged with a card to the honoree or their family when someone passes away, letting them know that a donation has been made as a tribute to them. Make a personalized gift in honor or in memory of someone you care about today!
Chapters of The Arc Give Back
Two years ago, intellectual and developmental disability organizations in New York state faced great scrutiny after a series of critical articles by the New York Times and Poughkeepsie Journal. To demonstrate that NYSARC, The Arc’s state chapter in New York, and its 55 local chapters bring tremendous value to the communities they serve through their volunteer efforts, NYSARC’s president John A. Schuppenhauer, Esq. commissioned a compilation of all of the compelling stories of volunteerism occurring statewide in one publication. The result was NYSARC Gives Back, an online flipbook filled with stories and photos from chapter’s community-building volunteer efforts.
What to Consider When Enrolling in a Health Insurance Plan
Discriminatory insurance practices have made health insurance unaffordable for many people with disabilities or inadequate to meet their needs. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already helping uninsured people with disabilities access more affordable private health insurance coverage. On October 1, uninsured individuals were able to begin enrolling in private health insurance through the marketplaces established by the state or federal government.The ACA did a number of things to make it easier to compare the different health care plans offered in the marketplace and make the appropriate decision. The ACA created a streamlined application process to make enrolling easier. It also required a glossary of health insurance terms and sample summary of benefits to make sure that the plans are using common terms and to make it easier to compare the plans. To learn more visit The Arc’s website.
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