The Arc Recognizes Neli Latson and Lisa Alexander with The Catalyst Award

WASHINGTON – The Arc is honored to announce Neli Latson and his mother, Lisa Alexander as recipients of our 2021 Catalyst Award. The award recognizes individuals, businesses, and other organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward greater social inclusion and the advancement of the human and civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities […]

No Competition

Trying to attract and retain Direct Care Workers in #Michigan continues to be difficult for vulnerable residents and families. With an average starting wage of just $11.75 per hour, it’s impossible for us to compete—just check out this sign, appearing today in Ann Arbor, to see why:

Press Release – Whitmer – Governor Whitmer Proposes MI Healthy Communities, a $1.4 Billion Plan to Expand Care for Families, Build up Facilities, and Invest in Local Public Health

Plan would leverage federal dollars to deliver critical care to Michiganders, invest in nursing homes, expand mental and behavioral health care (click here to enlarge)   LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her MI Healthy Communities plan, a $1.4 billion proposal to expand care for families, build up facilities, and invest in local […]

Valuing Quality Care

Potential Cost/Benefit of Increasing Direct Care Workers’ Wage Rates Prepared by Great Lakes Economic Consulting for the Michigan Direct Care Worker Wage Coalition September 15, 2021   Click Here To View The Full Report: https://arcmi.org/content/uploads/sites/15/2021/09/Magazine-New.pdf     Click Here for Key Findings: https://arcmi.org/content/uploads/sites/15/2021/09/Cost-Benefit-analysis-of-DCW-wage-increase.pdf

Landmark Study Shows $52 Million+ Return on Investment in Michigan’s Direct Care Workers Higher Tax Revenues, Lower Turnover Costs and Reduced Reliance on Public Assistance All Are Wins for State

Click Here For Press Release   A new study commissioned by the Michigan Direct Care Worker Wage Coalition demonstrates—for the first time—the true return on Michigan’s investment in the Direct Care Workers that specialize in behavioral health issues. For an additional $1 per hour investment, ROI totals $52.6 million. For a $5 increase, that number […]

Federal Court Blocks Iowa’s Law Banning Masking Requirements in Schools

DES MOINES, Iowa — A federal district court today blocked Iowa’s law prohibiting schools from requiring masks. The court ruled that the law violates the civil rights of children with disabilities, including children with underlying conditions, who are more vulnerable to severe illness or death as a result of COVID-19. The decision makes clear that […]

Lawsuit Filed Challenging New Texas Law Targeting Voting Rights

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF), Reed Smith LLP, and The Arc filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Houston Area Urban League, Houston Justice, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and The Arc of Texas challenging S.B. 1, a new Texas law targeting voting rights. S.B. 1 includes a series […]

Lawsuit Challenges Iowa Law Banning Schools from Requiring Masks

Eleven parents of children with disabilities and Iowa disability rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit today challenging an Iowa law that bans school districts from imposing mask mandates in schools.  The parents and disability rights advocates are taking the action to protect children who are too young to be vaccinated whose disabilities, including underlying […]

Surviving on a GoFundMe Campaign: How A Hospital Stay Without Paid Leave Forced One Family into a Crisis No One Should Face

For Kerri, Ken, and their family, Father’s Day weekend 2019 started out as planned—peaceful and filled with quality family time. But early Saturday morning, Kerri and Ken awoke to their 17-year-old son, Yosh, screaming in pain. His stomach had swollen so badly overnight that it looked like a beach ball. They were terrified for their […]