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Areas Where Advocacy is Needed


Access to Health Care Employment


Self-advocacy, Self-determination Housing


Civil Righs, ADA


Quality of Services Federal Benefits Education Access


Research, Prevention Family Support


Human Rights, Justice 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 59% 94% 90% 90%


The constituents surveyed rated the importance of these issues “Medium High” or “Very High” for people with I/DD and their families.


Note: 3,363 respondents, Grant Thornton Stakeholder Survey 2008 100%


The constituents surveyed envisioned The Arc advocating in the future for systems change to these government entities and service providers.


Note: 3,336 respondents, Grant Thornton Stakeholder Survey 2008 89% 86% 83% 90% 83%


91% 92%


86%


Anticipated Need for Systems-change Advocacy


2500 2000 1500 1000 500


0 government Local


Local school system(s)


health care provider


Local employers Local


Local retail establishments


transportation services


Local any assistance Won’t need


Strategy 6 Develop a network of well-trained, empowered and informed self-advocates.


Strategy 7 Build the capacity of board and staff leaders of state and local chapters, as well as individual members and volunteers, to engage in advocacy.


Strategy 8 Collaborate with culturally focused groups to increase awareness of The Arc in communities of color, as well as the accessibility of advocacy, supports and services for people with I/DD.


Strategy 9 Develop benchmarks and compile state-specific rankings of the accessibility and quality of supports and services for people with I/DD and their families.


Strategy 10 Empower people with I/DD and their families to tell their stories.


Strategy 11 Position The Arc as the leading resource for the media and the general public about I/DD.


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