Pictured from left to right: Allison Donald, Christine Deener, Rep.Steve Cohen, Vanesha Howard,
Leslie Jones, Sandra Hawkins and Brittany Carter
The Arc Mid-South’s advocacy staff and a group of self-advocates met on August 24 with U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen to discuss a few issues that are important to the disability community. Several self-advocates shared stories about their experiences with education, employment, and transportation.
They also discussed how some current legislation would affect people with disabilities. The Disability Integration Act, introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), would ensure that any individual with disabilities who is found eligible for institutional care would also be given the option to receive the same necessary services and supports at home. The Disability Community Act, pending in a U.S. House committee, would temporarily increase the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage so that providers comply with a Labor Department rule to extend overtime pay to workers who provide home-based services to people with disabilities. The Arc supports both positions.