Public Policy

Grande Ballroom BC

The Fight of Our Lives: Update from Washington

Friday, November 3
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Location: Grande Ballroom BC

Target Audience: All

We're in the fight of our lives to protect effective federal programs and civil rights laws that make it possible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in the community and thrive. In Congress, massive cuts to Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are on the table, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other important civil rights laws are under attack. In this general session, members of The Arc's public policy team will share up-to-date information about the latest threats in Congress and what we expect for the rest of 2017; highlight examples of ways that chapters of The Arc are already taking major steps to work with The Arc's national office to fight against cuts; and review available resources to support chapters in taking action. We will share upcoming opportunities for chapters to work with The Arc's national office to ramp up our advocacy for the rest of 2017.

Learning Objectives:

Marty Ford

Senior Executive Officer, Federal Public Policy
The Arc
Washington, District of Columbia

Marty Ford leads the five-person Public Policy team representing The Arc on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies. With 30 years of experience, Ford is a recognized leader in federal policy issues affecting people with disabilities, particularly long-term services and supports, Medicaid, and Social Security disability issues, and has testified numerous times before Congress. She served three years as Chairperson of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of over 110 national organizations. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance and Advance CLASS.

Presentation(s):

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Nicole Jorwic

Director of Rights Policy
The Arc
Washington, District of Columbia

Nicole Jorwic is the Director of Rights Policy at The Arc of the United States. She received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Jorwic served as a Senior Policy Advisor and Manager of the Illinois Employment First Initiative. Ms. Jorwic also served as the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities where she improved the lives of people with disabilities and assisted leadership in developing public policy driven best practices.

Presentation(s):

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TJ Sutcliffe

Director of Income and Housing Policy
The Arc
Washington, District of Columbia

T.J. Sutcliffe is the Director of Income & Housing Policy at The Arc, where she specializes in federal public policy related to Social Security, income support, housing, and antipoverty initiatives. She co-chairs the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force and CCD Housing Task Force and serves on the CCD Board as a Director-At-Large. Ms. Sutcliffe's prior experience includes 13 years directing public policy and advocacy initiatives with and on behalf of people experiencing disability and homelessness in Washington, D.C. and 4 years working in public health research. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Sutcliffe taught a masters' level course in public policy at The Catholic University of America. Ms. Sutcliffe has a Masters of Social Work from The Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University, cum laude.

Presentation(s):

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Julie Ward

Director of Health Policy
The Arc
Washington, District of Columbia

Julie Ward is responsible for representing The Arc before Congress and Federal agencies on health care reform, Medicaid, Medicare and related issues. Prior to this position, she represented The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy for seven years as part of the Disability Policy Collaboration (DPC) where she had primary responsibility for budget and appropriations, employment, TANF and transportation issues. Prior to that, she spent 18 years with the Epilepsy Foundation and the last 10 years as the Senior Director of Government Affairs, overseeing the Foundation's federal and state advocacy program.

Presentation(s):

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Annie Marie Acosta

Director of Fiscal and Family Support Policy
The Arc
Washington, District of Columbia

Annie joined The Arc's policy team when The Arc re-established its independent public policy office in 2001. Annie covers budget and appropriations, education, Developmental Disabilities Act programs, autism, technology, prevention, and family support issues. She serves as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Fiscal Policy Task Force and the Developmental Disabilities, Autism, and Family Support Task Force. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for The Arc and UCP's Disability Policy Collaboration, as the Program Director for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and as a Government Project Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Annie received her MSW from Catholic University and her bachelor's degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.

Presentation(s):

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