The Arc’s Statement on Budget Deal and Impact on People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arc, the nation’s largest and oldest human rights
organization for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities,
released the following statement from its CEO Peter V. Berns on the passage of
the budget and debt ceiling deal in Washington.

“While we are glad that the immediate crisis has passed and Medicaid survived
the first round of budget cuts in Washington, this fight is far from over. Now
more than ever, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their
families, friends and colleagues need to stand up and make their voices heard.
We must continue to press Congress to protect people with disabilities. The
Medicaid lifeline, along with other programs that help ensure inclusion of
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society, are still at
stake,” said Berns.