Promoting and protecting the civil rights of the estimated 27,000 Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is what drives The Arc of Delaware. By providing a voice at the state and local legislative levels, we champion the policies, services and funding needed to secure civil rights in housing, employment, health care, education, criminal justice, accessibility and more. We work closely with community leaders and influencers, the media and other agencies to foster respect, raise awareness and remove attitudinal barriers to full community inclusion and acceptance of people with I/DD.

For 2016, The Arc of Delaware Public Policy Committee has identified three legislative priorities:
1. Support the DDDS Lifespan Waiver to include Medicaid-funded family support services for priority implementation in 2017.
2. Support state latitude in defining ‘community-based’ criteria for the State Transition Plan.
3. Appropriate funds to reduce the 12-year deficit in reimbursements to service providers.

Details are available in the 2016 Legislative Priorities brochure.

The Public Policy Committee welcomes volunteers who want to get involved and make a difference. Please call 302-996-9400 for more information.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER: To find out who your federal, state and local elected officials are, and how to contact them, go to The Arc of the U.S. Legislative Action Center and enter your zip code.

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