For over 67 years, The Arc of Louisiana has been at the forefront of the fight for the civil rights and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, playing a lead role in major victories in civil rights, community living, education, income security, and other important issues.
Over the years, we have worked toward improving supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Early on, we worked with the national Arc and other state chapters an opened the school doors for students with disabilities to be included in the classroom alongside peers without disabilities, and we have advocated for access to health care.
The Arc is an advocate at all levels.
Whether it is advocating on behalf of an individual or at the system level, in the state Legislature or Congress, our core values of putting people first guides what we do. We work alongside with the executive branch and legislators to help craft legislation and rules that will protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. At the national level, our advocacy efforts are focused on influencing federal agencies, policies and funding for disability programs and services.
We invest in and support Home and Community-Based Services.
We know that access to Home and Community-Based Services has been proven to enhance independence and integration in the community for people with disabilities.
This is why you will see members of The Arc at the table for every major public policy initiative and advancement impacting the lives of people with disabilities, on both the state and federal levels. We still have work to do, but we know we can succeed.
For more information on how you can get involved in advocacy contact The Arc of Louisiana at 225-383-1033.
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