The Arc of Indiana’s John Dickerson on the “Real Problem”

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that some state workers in Indiana suggested leaving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at homeless shelters if they can’t be cared for at home due to decreased funding for support services.

The Arc of Indiana’s John Dickerson on posted on his blog about the “real problem.”

He said:

No family who cares for a loved one with a developmental disability such as autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy should ever be told that a homeless shelter is an option.  But, punishing state employees will not address a very real problem.

The real problem is that viable options are not being made available to families due to Indiana’s revenue short fall and changes in state policy.  Families in need are facing a crisis in receiving critical services.

What can you do to help?

  • Learn a bit more about what we do.
  • If you’re in Indiana, join The Arc and contribute to the solution.
  • Or you can make a donation, and know that it will go a long way in helping create solutions to this pressing issue.

Indiana Ends Food Aid for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of Indiana’s John Dickerson, the chapter’s executive director, says:

We’ve got to have some sort of a way to cover people in the meantime because otherwise this new food policy could leave people without any food budget at all.

You can read the full story from the Washington Post here.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend The Arc’s National Convention in Florida November 3-6

Convention Speaker image10. Get an overview of the newly established Autism NOW! Center funded by a $1.87 million grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

9. Hear from Sharon Lewis, Commissioner of the ADD, and Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education, who are speaking at this year’s plenary session.

8. Celebrate Paul Marchand’s 38-year career and contributions to The Arc at the Closing Dinner.

7. Take advantage of networking at the single biggest gathering of the year for self-advocates and families, members of The Arc, employees, board members, experts and professionals.

6. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Arc and get ready for the next 60 years.

5. Witness the unveiling of The Arc’s new brand identity.

4. Enjoy sunny Florida and dance the night away at a party hosted by The Arc of Florida and spend some time at Disney World®.

3. Tell your story and be part of The Archive as we record the oral histories of people involved in the intellectual and developmental disability movement.

2. Let Hammer Travel handle the headache of getting there with special travel arrangements personalized for people with disabilities.

1. Have your voice heard and participate in the future of The Arc through elections, forums, roundtable sessions and more.

To register, go to our Convention website.