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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 FY 2021, The Arc of Delaware Public Policy Committee has identified the following Legislative Priorities:

  1. Delaware and/or national policy makers must ensure that DDDS consumers and their family, Direct Support Professionals and others who care for them are mandated and/or offered priority for regular (preferably weekly) COVID testing, prompt results and vaccines as available. 
  2.  Because DSPs were designated essential personnel who are required to continue working during the pandemic, and because they have demonstrated bravery by reporting to work despite the risks to their own (and their families’) health, it is past time to pay them appropriately. Federal and state funding must be increased for Medicaid-funded Home and Community Based Services in Delaware and across the nation; and the Delaware Michael McNesby Act must be fully funded by or before FY 2023.
    Details are available in the FY 2021 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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