30 years of community living for Individuals with intellectual and/or Developmental disabilities
(1987-2017)

Community living became a reality for many in the last 30 years

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Home Is in the Community – With the Services to Thrive

For over 70 years, The Arc has been fighting for people with disabilities to live independently with the right supports and lead the same kind of life as everyone else.

People with disabilities and their families want access to a life in the community, no matter the level of supports necessary to make that happen. But when they try to find what they need, too often the system fails them.

 

Everyone benefits when people with disabilities are a part of the fabric of our communities, not locked away in the archaic institutions that still exist in 36 states. Institutions are large, often crowded places that limit people and their choices and force them to live segregated lives away from their family and friends without access to the supports needed to live in their own homes and communities. Yet this country has treated access to the services that help people with disabilities gain independence as an option, not a right. This is even more urgent during the pandemic, as crowded institutions and nursing homes have put people at much greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

Act Now!

We need Congress to act now to invest $400 billion in HCBS – it’s the bridge to our ultimate policy goal of services for all, with the HCBS Access Act.

Act Now: Urge your Members of Congress to meet the needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct care workforce!

Join Our Fight for Equal Rights for All

The Arc fights every day to protect civil rights and access to vital programs, such as Medicaid, for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). But we can’t do it alone! We need the help of people with I/DD, their families, and allies of the cause.

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