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State Public Policy Advocacy


State and local chapters of The Arc are actively engaged in advocacy at the state and local level. The Arc of the United States will support and maximize the impact of their work, as well as advance the strategies described in this plan with methods of action that include: n Building a knowledgebase of state and local policy advocacy efforts and actions;


n Promoting the transfer of knowledge among and between states that are working to address similar problems;


n Working with state chapters to develop and coordinate the implementation of national strategies for state policy reforms on critical issues impacting people with I/DD in multiple states;


n Keeping chapter leaders well-informed about the latest public policy developments; and


n Providing training and technical assistance for chapters, their volunteer and staff leaders, and activists.


Targeted Advocacy Campaigns


Many of the goals and strategies described in this plan are inextricably intertwined and the change necessary to achieve them will require multi-faceted approaches, blending together a variety of methods and tactics. The ongoing crisis of lack of access to services and supports, and the related waiting lists, is a prime example. The Arc will: n Formulate and execute a coordinated advocacy campaign to make services and supports for people with I/DD readily accessible on demand, including: • Research; • Coalition building; • Media and public education; • Litigation; • Lobbying; and • Grassroots organizing and action.


Promoting Chapter Excellence


Many of the strategies described in this plan involve actions and events that take place at the local level in the course of interaction between individuals with I/DD, their family members and the public and private organizations that affect their lives. Chapters of The Arc are the nation’s largest provider of services and supports for people with I/DD, including advocacy services. The Arc of the United States will advance the goals and strategies described previously through methods of action that include: n Assembling and making available through websites information and resources for use by board and staff leaders and staff and volunteers of state and local chapters;


n Providing training, professional development and volunteer development through conferences, meetings, conventions, webinars, and other venues; and


n Providing training and one-to-one technical assistance for board members and staff of chapters.


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