Advocacy

Legislative Action Center:
To find the names and contact info for your federal, state and local elected officials, go to the Delaware General Assembly page at legis.delaware.gov and enter your address in the “Who is my legislator?” block.

Promoting and protecting the civil rights of Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is what drives The Arc of Delaware. By providing a voice at the state and local legislative levels, we champion the policies, services and funding needed to secure civil rights in housing, employment, health care, education, criminal justice, accessibility and more. We work closely with community leaders and influencers, the media and other agencies to foster respect, raise awareness and remove attitudinal barriers to full community inclusion and acceptance of people with IDD.We also encourage and provide supports for self-advocacy.

Legislative Priorities for FY 2021

The Arc of Delaware identified two priorities for the most recent legislative session. Details are available in the FY 2021 Legislative Priorities brochure.

  1. Delaware and/or national policy makers must ensure that DDDS consumers and their family, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and others who care for them are mandated and/or offered priority for regular (preferably weekly) COVID testing, prompt results and vaccines as available.
  2. Because DSPs were designated essential personnel who are required to continue working during the pandemic, and because they have demonstrated bravery by reporting to work despite the risks to their own (and their families’) health, it is past time to pay them appropriately. Federal and state funding must be increased for Medicaid-funded Home and Community Based Services in Delaware and across the nation; and the Delaware Michael McNesby Act must be fully funded by or before FY 2023.

Public Policy Committee

The Arc of Delaware Public Policy committee oversees the development of priorities and positions on issues affecting the civil rights of Delawareans with IDD. Through research, review and collaboration with other advocacy groups, this committee addresses relevant state and federal legislation, non-legislative public policy issues, and recommended actions for the Board of Directors.

We welcome the perspectives of volunteers who want to get involved and make a difference. Please contact us for more info at 302-996-9400.