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The Arc Maryland Statewide Convention & Awards Banquet is Less Than Two Weeks Away - Get Tickets Now for May 23rd!

Our Convention and Awards Banquet will feature breakout presentations in exciting areas, such as individualized services, inclusive housing, building leadership, future planning, legislative/policy work, empowering self-advocates, direct support workforce solutions, and more!

Join us to learn and network with other advocates around the state. At the Annual Awards Luncheon, we will celebrate amazing advocates and community leaders who have advanced opportunities and improved the lives of people with IDD.

We are excited to have 28 exhibitors and vendors on-site to provide information and resources for attendees, more than 20 expert presenters, and representatives from state and local leadership with us for the day. Get your tickets now to our biggest event of the year!

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2023 Statewide Awards Honorees Announced

The Arc Maryland is excited to share that a group of 35 outstanding leaders are being recognized for their work to advance inclusion in schools, workplaces, healthcare, and the community.

The 2023 slate of awardees will be honored during The Arc Maryland 2023 Convention & Awards Banquet on May 23rd. See the full list of awardees at the button below and join us to celebrate their achievements on May 23rd!

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Congratulations to Our 2023 Graduating Class of MCE Leadership: The Arc!

The Maryland Conference of Executives - The Arc is proud to congratulate the 31 chapter employees from across Maryland on their successful completion of MCE Leadership: The Arc, as they are set to graduate this month!

For the past seven months, these emerging professionals from each of The Arc's eleven chapters in Maryland have refined their leadership skills and learned topics specifically tailored to better lead their chapters and support the one-third of Marylanders with IDD who are part of The Arc's services. We are excited for a future with you at the helm!

The Arc@School - Free for Family Members Through Partnership Between The Arc and the Lids Foundation

The Arc Maryland is partnering with The Arc of the United States and the Lids Foundation to provide free access to TheArc@School: The Arc US’s online education advocacy curriculum. The Arc@School, provides information that parents and family members need to support their loved ones in navigating special education, including understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Early Intervention Services, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), 504 Plans, and more!

Act now to access this comprehensive curriculum – FREE for parents and other family members (while subscriptions last). To receive your free access, please complete the Google form via the button below.

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Taking Action

Tell Congress to Support Medicaid and Keep it Out of Final Debt Ceiling Negotiations!

House Republicans passed a debt ceiling bill agreeing to raise the debt ceiling for one year at the cost of trillions of cuts in programs over ten years. It also adds radical new work rules for all people ages 19 to 55 enrolled in Medicaid, with no automatic exemption.

The Arc United States developed a toolkit to help with outreach! It includes:

  • Key websites and educational materials;
  • Action alerts that people can use to text/email/call their legislators. We especially would love people to call their Member of Congress, as those are often some of the most impactful ways to connect;
  • Sample social media posts and graphics; and
  • A sample letter to the editor.

Also, we urge you to send a message to your members of Congress and ask them to protect Medicaid. Let’s make sure Congress knows vital disability services are OFF the table. Please share this important message with your networks.

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Tell Congress No Cuts to Medicaid!

Complete to MSDE Parent Involvement Survey Today

Your opinion matters! Parents and guardians of children receiving special education and related services should have recently received the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services. Complete the survey through the button below by May 19th. Your feedback is so important to help guide efforts to improve special education and related services. You can make a real difference for your child and others in Maryland.

Provide Your Feedback to MSDE
In the News

Lawmakers Seek to Improve Air Travel for People with Disabilities

Earlier this month, legislation was introduced in the Senate and House calling for the Department of Transportation to research the technical and financial feasibility of allowing people to remain in their wheelchairs during flights. The bi-partisan effort would also require the secretary of transportation to mandate that airlines public dimensions of their cargo holds so that people with disabilities can determine if their mobility devices fit on the plane. Read more about this effort from Disability Scoop at the button below.

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Support The Arc Maryland

Are you looking for ways to support The Arc Maryland throughout the year? We have many opportunities for ways in which you can give! Help us continue to grow and support our work to create a world where children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities!

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Paypal- We accept donations through our secure paypal account. Follow the link to our website and scroll to the bottom to donate via paypal today.

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Venmo- Did you know The Arc Maryland now has a non-profit Venmo Account? Support us and join is in our work today through your Venmo donation!

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Click the button to donate your old car for tax benefits. Select "The Arc Maryland" in the drop-down menu on the donation form!

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By shopping on AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to The Arc Maryland. Click the button to learn more!

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