HEADs UP Act of 2018

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06) has just introduced the Healthcare Extension and Accessibility for Developmentally Disabled and Underserved Population Act, or the HEADs UP Act of 2018. This piece of legislation would designate people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) as a Medically Underserved Population (MUP). This designation is direly needed as people with I/DD experience poorer health outcomes, shortened life expectancies, and lack access to even the most basic forms of care when compared to the non-disabled population. The I/DD population meets every criteria to be designated as a MUP, and doing so would open access to over 25 federal programs that would expand access to primary care and specialist services, incentivize new research, and authorize more favorable reimbursement rates for providers who treat this population, among other programs.

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Project SEARCH Graduation 2018

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Congratulations to the 2018 Project SEARCH graduating class – pictured above:

(Back row, left to right) Joy Drummond, Ben Milling, Celeste Gardner, Ryan Smith.
(Front row, left to right) Johnny Engelbrecht, Annie Hetherington, Zoe Silvey, Jesse Trimbach, Zach Voigt.

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Action Alert: ABLE Age Adjustment Act

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would amend Section 529A(e) of the Internal Revenue Code to increase the eligibility for Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts for the onset of disability from prior to age 26 to prior to age 46.  This savings tool can positively impact millions of people with disabilities. 

The ABLE Age Adjustment Act is gathering some steam and your Representatives need to hear from people in North Carolina to support enactment of the legislation this year. There are several organizations on Capitol Hill for the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week and the ABLE Age Adjustment Act is on their agendas. We need you to call your Representatives (202-224-3121) today!

Senator Richard Burr is a co-sponsor of the ABLE Age Adjustment Act. If you contact his office, please thank him for his continued support of the ABLE program. 

 To assist you, click the "read more" for a script that you can use when talking with your Members.

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The Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

This July marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law was created to stop discrimination against people with disabilities. It protects them from being discriminated in employment, schools, transportation and all places open to the public. Simply put, it allows people with disabilities to live as others do

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It's in the Game

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Written by: Bryan Dooley

People who follow me on social media know I spend a lot of free time reading books on my Kindle. But that was not always the case. I used to spend spare time playing video games. I thought about that when I heard about what Microsoft is trying to do with its new accessible X-box controller.

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The Power Behind #65Years

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Written by: Executive Director, John Nash

This year, The Arc of North Carolina celebrates 65 years. It is amazing to look back and see all that we have accomplished and all that we have provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

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