Treat 'Em the Same as You Would Your Own Name

November 26, 2018 arcal
I’ve been encouraged lately, as I’m sure many of you have, with the number of TV shows, movies, and even commercials featuring people with disabilities. My own favorite is “Speechless”, though I have to admit that I haven’t seen all of them. Such social consciousness growth can’t help but improve acceptance and respect for the
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Advocacy Versus Politics

September 30, 2018 wpengine
Let’s be very clear from the start, The Arc is a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization that does not espouse any particular political ideology or take partisan-based political positions. Our constituency is made up of Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. Our role is to advocate on their behalf, all of them, without regard to politics. That
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2019 Alabama Disability Conference

August 30, 2018 wpengine
If you’ve never served on a conference planning committee, you may have a hard time appreciating what our conference planning committee has gone through for the past several months. The hard-earned success of the 2018 ADC was barely behind us when we started discussions about dates and a location for 2019. Finding the Right Venue
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Medicaid Work Requirements in Alabama

July 31, 2018 wpengine
The following is excerpted from an attachment to a letter submitted to Governor Ivey asking that Alabama withdraw its proposed work requirement for Medicaid benefits. It was also sent to the State Medicaid Office. The Arc of Alabama is very concerned that the policies described in the Alabama Medicaid Workforce Initiative Application for a Section
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Reflections on Father's Day

June 20, 2018 wpengine
I don’t know how other fathers of special needs kids feel about Father’s Day, but for me it has a strange aura around it. There are none of the typical celebratory activities. No father-son ball games or fishing trips. No congratulations phone calls. No hand-made cards or gifts. My wife signs his name to a
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Did Your Representatives Vote to Protect SNAP?

June 6, 2018 wpengine
Did your Representatives vote to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program that helps millions of people with disabilities put food on the table? Find out and thank them or hold them accountable! On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as
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Collaboration: Working Together to Achieve, Again

May 22, 2018 wpengine
In the beginning, there were just parents. Parents of children with special needs. Some needs were physical, some intellectual, some behavioral, and many were combinations. They were looking for ways to improve the quality of life for their children, resources to assist with care and education. Over time, they found each other. They began collaborating
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2018 Conference Review

March 24, 2018 wpengine
We’re three weeks since our 2018 Alabama Disability Conference, and the planning committee has had a chance to meet and discuss what we can do better next year. Some of the discussion points are presented below. Registrations: Our inexperience with the on-line event platform allowed one person to buy multiple tickets without specifying individual names
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Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

March 24, 2018 wpengine
Visit Texas Roadhouse in Montgomery on Tuesday, March 27th, 5-9pm. 10% of all food purchases will be donated to The Arc of Alabama when you present a voucher card. Call Texas Roadhouse for reservations or pick-up orders (334-396-7774). For general questions call The Arc of Alabama (334-262-7688). #ddawareness18
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Karama Tadamun (Dignity and Solidarity)

March 2, 2018 wpengine
Perseverance. The official definition is a steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. This is the word that I think of when I reflect on the work being done by governmental agencies, local and regional NGOs, and family members who are supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If this resonates
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Ramp Up Your Advocacy with The Arc in 2018

February 24, 2018 wpengine
Ramp Up Your Advocacy with The Arc in 2018 Last year was a year of grassroots advocacy for The Arc in Alabama and across the country. Throughout the year, people with disabilities, family members, and advocates, like you, fought to protect important programs and services. Through calling and meeting with members of Congress, sharing your
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Alabama disABILITY Conference

January 18, 2018 wpengine
The programs and speakers are all in place for the 2018 Alabama disABILITY Conference, coming up March 5–7 in Montgomery. This year promises to be another great conference, with programs that span a wide range of subjects that speak to self-advocates, care givers, family members, and professionals. The lineup includes a full day of QDDP
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Special Parents

December 22, 2017 wpengine
Often, upon informing an acquaintance that I’m a parent of a child with special needs, the person I’m introducing myself too will respond with, "God gives special children to special parents." You may have received a similar comment, or you may even have said those words to someone you’ve met who is such a parent.
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