High Risk, Infected and Dying of COVID-19 – But Who Is Counting?

By Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy At an institution in Denton, Texas, where 400 people with disabilities live, 54 have COVID-19, and 50 employees are infected. At a state run facility in Danvers, Massachusetts, 40% of residents are infected, plus 55 nurses who work at the facility. In Illinois, two institutions are experiencing […]

Over 30 Groups File Amicus Brief in Wisconsin Regarding Heightened COVID-19 Risks to People with Disabilities & Older Adults

The Arc, The Arc Wisconsin, and over thirty Wisconsin and national disability and aging advocacy organizations, represented by the law firm Munger Tolles & Olson, have filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court explaining the significantly heightened risks to people with disabilities and older adults of experiencing life-threatening consequences from COVID-19. These heightened […]

Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Recipients

  Check out the resource guide, titled Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Recipients – Steps to Take and Schedule of Payments. This guide provides information for Social Security beneficiaries (retirement, survivors, disability) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients related to the COVID-19 economic impact payments. You can also find this resource, and […]

Supplemental Security Income Recipients, Act Now – Go to IRS.gov –

– A Message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul Action Needed for People Receiving SSI with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#4-2020-7   “Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department […]

Governor Whitmer Announces Temporary Pay Increase for Direct Care Workers

  Governor Whitmer announces temporary pay increase for direct care workers by Aisha Carter Thursday, April 23rd 2020 (Photo: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Office) LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a temporary, $2-per-hour pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services to Michigan’s most vulnerable residents during the continuing […]

Universal Design for Learning

    The Arc Michigan supports the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is the design of instructional materials and activities that make the learning goals achievable by individuals with wide differences in their abilities to see, hear, speak, move, read, write, understand English, attend, organize, engage, and remember. Universal design for learning […]

For Some Social Security Beneficiaries, 48 Hours to File on an Inaccessible Form or Forgo a Stimulus Payment Until 2021

The Social Security Administration has put a huge hurdle in front of many people with disabilities and their families from accessing a much-needed boost to their economic stimulus payment. Announced Monday, less than 48 hours before a new Wednesday noon deadline, the Treasury Department and the Social Security Administration are now requiring certain Social Security […]

Giving Back During COVID-19: Finding Solace In Volunteering

COVID-19 has shaken our world, leaving thousands struggling with anxiety and stress. On a smaller scale, I know what those emotions feel like. Growing up with a disability, I encountered a lot of anxiety: Will I ever live independently? What will my employment options look like? These fears nearly overwhelmed me. Fortunately, I discovered a […]