The Arc Maryland is pleased to announce our 2018 Public Policy Platform.
The Arc Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities is pleased to announce its launch of the 2017-2018 “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Campaign and Artwork Contest.
The Arc Maryland is seeking two Fellows who are persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or family members of a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities currently working or volunteering in the field of disability. The Arc Maryland Public Policy Fellowship is a six-month intensive experience with the Maryland General Assembly and other special initiatives at The Arc Maryland with the possibility of term renewal. The purpose of the Fellowship is to build the next generation of public policy leaders at the state and/or local levels and to increase grassroots engagement at the Maryland local chapters. Fellows work part-time during the legislative session from January 2018 – April 2018. Selected fellows must be prepared to spend considerable time in Annapolis during the 2018 Legislative Session and devote themselves to the work of the fellowship. During the second half of the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to learn, observe, and be a part of developing special initiatives and learn how the disability community in Maryland shapes public policy impacting people with disabilities, and their families.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Arc Maryland is pleased to announce that Ms. Tonia Ferguson, Esq. will join the organization as the Director of Public Policy and Special Initiatives on October 1, 2017. Ms. Ferguson brings nearly a decade of experience advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families. Prior to joining The Arc Maryland, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Autism Society of America and was on the board of The Arc Baltimore. As a professional in the field as well as as a parent of a child with Down syndrome and autism, the mission and values of The Arc are near and dear to her heart. Her expertise encompasses system change, building partnerships, and advocating and influencing policy at the local, state and federal level. “I am so excited to come back to The Arc Maryland to expand effective public policy efforts and engage with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families,” remarked Ms. Ferguson.
The Arc Maryland is a leading statewide non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the rights and quality of life of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about The Arc Maryland and our work, please view our website at www.thearcmd.org, or contact Executive Director Ande Kolp at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (410) 571-9320. ###
Background: The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration is currently in the process of creating two new waiver programs that will provide supports for up to 800 children and adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) on the waiting list. The Family Supports Waiver is being submitted to CMS for approval and the Community Supports Waiver Federal Application is open to public comment through September 12. Both waivers are said to be on target for January 2018 starts.