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  • Nov 18 2015 - 9:39pm

    Recently we became aware of a change to Cardinal Innovations benefit package for people who receive purely state dollar support services. Although this is the first such adjustment we have seen, the changes point to an overall concern that we have held regarding the continuous adjustments to supports and services that people with I/DD have experienced in North Carolina over the past several years.

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  • Sep 15 2015 - 12:35pm

    The Arc of NC logoThe North Carolina General Assembly has rolled out the biennial budget totaling $21.7 billion.  Included in this budget are many key issues from The Arc of North Carolina’s legislative agenda.  It is because each of you took an active role in advocating for these legislative agenda items that today we celebrate these major milestones!


    red checkEducation Wins!

    Teaching assistants are fully funded in this budget. Teaching assistants in K-3 are a critical aid for students with disabilities in our state education system.

    Budget promotes smaller class sizes for grades K-3 and provides additional funding for these grades. Smaller class sizes can make all the difference for a child with special needs.

    Significant portions of H921: Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities is contained in the budget, including two studies to promote increased academic success in K-12 and getting students with disabilities into our workforce and into post-secondary education opportunities.

    Budget includes an increase in the Scholarships for Children with Disabilities program. The scholarship will grow from 6,000 per year to 8,000 per years and will become a direct pay to the private school where the child attends. In addition positive changes have been made to help parents with retaining the scholarship once awarded by improving the re-evaluation process (H334).

    red checkMedicaid/Health and Human Services Wins!

    Budget does not include any reductions to Medicaid rates or Medicaid eligibility!

    NC START Team receive $1,544,000 in recurring funding to support children and adolescents with intellectual or developmental disabilities for both years of the budget!

    Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver will receive an increase in funding to include service expenditures and administrative costs!

    Cross-Area Service Programs receive an increase in funding of $8 thousand recurring in the first year and $1.6 million recurring in the second year of the budget. This funding provides support to individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities including residential living, day services, and supported employment.

    red checkTax Wins!

    Budget fully restores the Medical tax deductions!

    Final budget makes no changes to nonprofit sales tax exemptions!

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  • Sep 30 2015 - 10:40am

    Applause at the conference awardsDuring the recent "There's a Seat at the Table for You" Annual Conference, The Arc of NC presented awards to those who have provided exceptional supports and services by continuing to spread The Arc's core values and mission. Read on to learn more about this year's award recipients!

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The Arc of North Carolina has been providing advocacy and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1953. The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value, are equal before the law, and must be treated with dignity and respect.

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How to Advocate: Talking to Legislators & Leaders - Julia Adams-Scheurich, Director of Government Relations

Effective Organizing in a Small Nonprofit - April Anthony, Senior Advisor, Armstrong McGuire

The Waiting Game - Renata Macchirole, Project Coordinator, Benchmarks

Supported Decision-Making - Jonathan Martinis, Quality Trust of Virginia   

Building Your Network - Betsy McMichael, Executive Director, First In Families of NC

Assisted Technology & Apps You Can Use - Dr. Luis Perez, Inclusive Learning Evangelist & Apple Distinguished Educator