2017 Public Policy Platform
Our Mission: “The Arc Maryland works to create a world where children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.”
I. FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
- Protect current funding and secure additional funds to ensure a stable, quality system of Community Programs funded by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) that supports all individuals, regardless of age and severity of disability. Supports shall be provided to assist individuals live fulfilling and respectful lives in their community. Community programs include residential, employment, vocational, habilitation, and individual and family supports.
- Ensure funds to meet statutory requirements for an annual cost of living increase for DDA community programs and direct support professionals.
II. WAITING LIST
- Seek funding to meet the needs of individuals on the DDA Waiting List. Maryland is the wealthiest state in the nation; yet over 8,000 children and adults with I/DD wait for critical services.
III. TRANSITIONING YOUTH
- Fully fund all Transitioning Youth (TY) who exit the school system at age 21 years so they have the supports they need to participate in their community, jobs, and life-long learning and/or higher education to ensure meaningful adult life and opportunities. In FY2017, 685 transitioning youth are anticipated.
IV. EDUCATION & CHILDREN’S SERVICES
- Ensure students with I/DD have access to inclusive, quality, free and appropriate public education (preschool, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education) and receive appropriate accommodations to participate in all aspects of education life.
- Ensure children with I/DD are included in neighborhood child care, regardless of the nature or level of their disability.
- Increase opportunities for competitive, integrated employment at fair wages (“Employment First”) with sufficient funding to provide these supports.
VI. AFFORDABLE HOUSING
- Increase affordable and accessible housing so people with I/DD can live in the community. Accessible housing incudes physical access, as well as, access to transportation for jobs and social opportunities.
VI. CIVIL RIGHTS
- Close the remaining state institutions and oppose the expansion of State Residential Centers (SRCs) and new admissions including respite care.
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