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Advocacy at
The Arc of North Carolina

The root of all our work.
Learn more about the policy issues we address and the advocacy work we do.

Family with Downs Syndrome son

The Root of All Our Work

Advocacy at
The Arc of NC

Advocacy is the root of all our work at The Arc of NC. It is how we began, and though the world looks very different now, there is advocacy in all we do each day; there is also so much work left to be done.

Besides being able to connect directly with families who need us to lend our voice so that theirs becomes stronger, we also work at the state and federal levels to advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. We focus on policy issues that are important to the IDD community such as healthcare, education, housing, employment, accessibility, and community inclusion.

Around the Table Podcast

The Arc of NC is producing an ongoing video podcast called Around The Table. It will feature family members and leaders talking about issues and experiences related to IDD.


If you need advocacy for yourself or for a member of your family, please let us know.

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Our Advocacy division is actively working on these current policy issues


The Arc of North Carolina is an advocacy and service organization working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families for over 65 years. The Arc is committed to securing for all people with IDD the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work, and play.

The state budget must provide a stable system of care, support, and opportunity for people with IDD across the lifespan. The budget must reflect a cohesive system of comprehensive services that provide options to individuals and families, streamlines regulatory requirements for providers, and maximizes funds by leveraging state and federal matching dollars through waivers and other tools. Most of the goals included in this document are affected by funding/budgeting in some way; however, here are specific budget items.



  • Fund 25% of the NC Innovations Waiver waitlist (Registries of Unmet Needs) annually until no one remains on the RUN.
  • Need improved and inclusive collaboration from state leaders working with stakeholders on IDD issues

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