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Message from The Arc US CEO, Peter Berns

This election has changed the political landscape of our country. One thing that has not changed is The Arc’s passion to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to actively support their inclusion in the community across their lifetimes. And one of the hallmarks of The Arc’s success as an advocate for the rights and needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families over more than 60 years, is that we are willing to roll up our sleeves and work with each new Administration and Congress when we can, and we are poised to fight with all our might when we can’t.

Today, it’s time to reaffirm our mission and our commitment to achieving justice, equality and fairness for people with I/DD and their families and to redouble our efforts with creativity, vigor and integrity as we continue on this journey together. It’s time to get started educating and advocating to this new group of leaders about the needs, issues and concerns of people with I/DD and the practical impact of any policy proposals they put on the table in the weeks and months to come. And it’s time to get organized like never before so that we are ready and able to mobilize and take action when we need to. If you haven’t already, please sign up to receive public policy updates and action alerts as part of our Disability Advocacy Network.

Peter Berns, CEO, The Arc

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#47 – The Arc has a proud history of public policy advocacy. The Arc US has worked successfully with every Administration since President John F. Kennedy and The Arc of Indiana’s efforts date back to Governor George Craig, who served from 1953-1957. Our bipartisan commitment to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are respected and that they have the opportunity to be included in their communities continues, as we look forward to working with President Donald Trump, Governor Eric Holcomb, members of Congress and the Indiana General Assembly.
About #60Stories60Years - To celebrate The Arc of Indiana’s 60th Anniversary, we are sharing photos and stories of people with I/DD, their families, and caregivers, #60Stories60Years, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find photos and stories on our website at 60Stories60Years.

Noble Thanks to The Arc of Indiana 

Noble/The Arc of Greater Indianapolis recognized The Arc of Indiana last week, along with area employers, with a certificate of congratulations for connecting with their employment program. This connection brought our outstanding receptionist, Bobbie Jo Franson, to The Arc of Indiana over two and a half years ago. We wouldn't know what to do without Bobbie Jo, so thank you, Noble! 

Mark Hisey Recognized at Fort Wayne Rotary

Mark Hisey, immediate past president of The Arc of Indiana, was recognized by the Fort Wayne Rotary Club’s guest speaker, Rick Fuson, president of the Indiana Pacers, as Mark was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club. Rick began his talk by recognizing Mark and his work to help establish the Erskine Green Training Institute. Mark was the recipient of the Rotary Club’s Community Service Award earlier this year. 

Still Time to Register! 

The Arc of Indiana Conference & 
Impact Awards Luncheon 

Friday, November 18, 2016
Horizon Convention Center
Muncie, IN 

Join us at The Arc of Indiana’s 2016 Conference & Impact Awards Luncheon, Friday, November 18, Horizon Convention Center. 

Visit 2016 Annual Conference and Impact Awards to learn more and to register. 

IPMG Workshop 
Positive Behavior Support & Mental Wellness: A Unified Framework 

Friday, November 18, 2016
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST   
Many different intervention methodologies are used in supporting persons with I/DD who have problematic behaviors. The risk inherent in this is that interventions are managed separately, and may often be working at cross purposes, particularly with psychological and behavioral interventions. A strength of Positive Behavior Support is the ability to offer a means for bringing together different types of support. 

In this presentation, Dr. Dan Baker, the Internal Reviewer and Positive Support Lead with the Jensen/Olmstead Quality Assurance and Compliance Office of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, offers a unified means for bringing together behavior support, mental health, and mental wellness support. Dr. Baker will use illustrative case studies to supplement the content. 

In addition to his responsibilities with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Dr. Baker provides clinical supervision for the Successful Life Project and is a part of the Disability Services Division Community Capacity Building Team. He was also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. A link to the recording and slides will be sent to everyone who registers, whether or not you are able to attend the live webinar.   


Shop Amazon Smiles to Benefit The Arc

When you are shopping at this holiday season, don’t forget about The Arc of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana Foundation.  You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list and The Arc or The Arc Foundation will receive a portion of the sale.  It doesn’t cost anything but will mean the world to a person with a disability!  
It’s easy - just follow these simple steps! 


  • When shopping Amazon, start at: The products and prices are the same and you can still use your Prime Membership.
  • Select the orange word "Supporting" (below the search window on the left).
  • Type "The Arc of Indiana" or “The Arc of Indiana Foundation” in the search window and choose us as your charity.
  • Bookmark "" as your permanent Amazon link. That's it.

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