Historically marginalized populations have experienced and continue to experience discrimination by medical professionals, including pervasive negative biases and inaccurate assumptions about their value, quality of life, capacity to communicate and make decisions, and likelihood of survival. Scarce resources during COVID-19 have exacerbated these biases when deciding who receives treatment. This guide provides an explanation of these “crisis standards of care” and recommended strategies to ensure the non-discriminatory application of crisis standard of care guidelines.
Now in its third year, the Talk About Sexual Violence project will build on its success by not only preparing health care professionals to have much-needed conversations about sexual violence with people with IDD, but to know how to use a supported decision-making lens that supports victim-centered approaches. This flyer gives an overview of the Phase 3 project focus and related information.
Temporary Restraining Order on behalf of The Arc Maryland alleging that six jurisdictions in Maryland have failed to include people with IDD in Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in violation of the Maryland state plan and federal law.
Members of The Arc’s Policy, Advocacy, and Communications teams discussed 2021 policy priorities, upcoming resources and ways to get involved and advocate.
Amicus brief explaining the heightened risks to people with disabilities and older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in case challenging Wisconsin's stay-at-home order.