Continue Our Fight

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

As I come to the end of my contract with The Arc of North Carolina, I cannot get the phrase “Continue Our Fight” out of my head. I will continue to work alongside all of you to make the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over the past month, I have been looking for a positive way to end my contributions to this blog. It’s very natural that I end with a blog post about education and the fight for the best outcome for people with disabilities.

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NC DHHS Letter

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

We wanted to let you know about a letter that you should be receiving during late June or early July.

This letter will come from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and it will outline a new process for you to receive your Medicaid medical services. It’s important for the people and families that we serve to understand what this letter means and what you need to do.

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Sophia Weaver

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Sophia Weaver. She was known as “Sweet Sophia” and her mom, Natalie Weaver, is a tireless advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

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Building Interdependence at Rooted in Advocacy 2019

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Author: Bryan Dooley

On March 29, 2019, The Arc of North Carolina hosted its annual Rooted in Advocacy conference in Winston-Salem. This year, the conference was designed to be fully inclusive for The Arc staff and board, the vast chapter network, parents, siblings, self-advocates, and professionals who interact with people with I/DD, instead of separate conferences on consecutive days..  The conference began with a showing of a documentary called Deej, an award-winning documentary chronicling the high school and college years of a non-speaking poet and advocate with autism, DJ Savarese, as he makes his way from public high school to Oberlin College.   As I watched the film, I couldn’t help noticing the commonalities of life with a developmental disability. Although DJ is non-speaking, I could relate to many of his experiences. He uses writing to advocate and communicate his needs and wants. He also talked about using his writing to free his people, which is the same type of language that I used to use.  
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We the Interns

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina
We are the interns of the Mission Health Project SEARCH program in Asheville, North Carolina. The program is a partnership between Mission Health, The Arc of North Carolina, AB Tech, North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, Vaya Health, and the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. We participate in classes that educate us on the importance of job skills, interview etiquette, professionalism on the job, and self-advocacy.
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