Washington, DC – This month, The Arc of the United States announced the launch of the “Growing a Grassroots Advocacy Movement” project in Nevada. This program, funded by the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and The Arc of the United States, will work to develop long-term capacity for advocates to have input and impact on issues of importance to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.
The launch of this project will mark the first time The Arc will have a statewide presence in Nevada since the mid-nineties. Specifically this project will train individuals with developmental disabilities and members of their families on how to impact disability policy at the local, regional and state levels, culminating in a grassroots campaign. The training, called Partners Plus, will be conducted across the state, targeting graduates of previous Nevada Partners in Policymaking classes.
“The Arc is very excited about this opportunity to serve Nevada on a statewide level for the first time in over a decade. This is a wonderful chance to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their family members, to be advocates and influence disability policy right in their own backyard,” said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc.
In addition to the Partners Plus program, The Arc in Nevada will expand efforts to support individuals with I/DD and their families through new chapter recruitment, grassroots advocacy development, and collaborative efforts with communities across Nevada.
This project will be staffed by a new member of The Arc’s team, Nicole Schomberg. Nicole is a parent of a child with developmental disabilities, and has extensive experience working with families and self-advocates in Nevada.