The Fight of Our Lives: Threats Continue in 2018

Wednesday, July 25
9:20 AM - 10:05 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom ABC

We continue to be 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 (I/DD) to live in the community and thrive. In Congress, massive cuts to Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) remain on the table, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other important civil rights laws are under attack. Learn about the latest threats, the important role that chapters of The Arc are already playing in this fight

Members of The Arc’s public policy team will:

(1)Share up-to-date information about the latest threats in Congress and what we expect for the rest of 2018;

(2)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.

(3)Review available resources to support chapters in taking action, and share upcoming opportunities for chapters to work with The Arc’s national office to ramp up our advocacy for the rest of 2018.

Nicole Jorwic

Director of Rights Policy
The Arc of the United States

Nicole Jorwic is the Director of Rights Policy at The Arc of the United States. Prior to joining The Arc policy team Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor and Manager of the Employment First Initiative in Illinois. Prior to that appointment, Nicole served as the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities. Nicole is also an accomplished special education attorney and an advocate for students with disabilities and their families.


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Marty Ford

Senior Executive Officer, Federal Public Policy
The Arc of the United States

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.


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Claire Manning

Director, Advocacy & Mobilization
The Arc of the United States

Claire Manning joined The Arc in March 2017 as the Director of Advocacy & Mobilization, bringing a decade of experience in grassroots organizing and issue advocacy. Prior to joining The Arc, Claire served in several roles at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), including Health Center Advocacy program manager, where she worked with state and local affiliates to empower patients through grassroots engagement.

She also directed an Affordable Care Act & Medicaid enrollment program at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, supporting health centers across the country in developing and managing outreach plans to enroll patients in new health coverage. A veteran of numerous local, state, and national political campaigns, Claire is passionate about The Arc’s mission, and is looking forward to partnering with chapters to engage activists and create positive change on key policy issues for people with I/DD.


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