This presentation seeks to educate The Arc’s chapters, members, and volunteers on how they can use legal advocacy as a tool to achieve a more inclusive society for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (/DD) and their families. Since 1950, The Arc has played a key role in establishing federal disability rights laws - such as the IDEA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADA - and has fought tooth and nail to establish, expand, and maintain critical federal programs such as Medicaid, Social Security, SSI, and the ACA. These laws and programs make community living possible for people with I/DD and litigation is a vital tool to ensure their promise is fully realized. Through its Legal Advocacy Fund, The Arc participates in individual and systemic litigation and amicus briefs to advance the rights of our constituents in areas such as community integration, fair housing, employment, education, criminal justice, parenting, and self-determination. The Arc’s Director of Legal Advocacy will begin the presentation with an overview of litigation The Arc is engaging in and explain why this is a critical tool to achieve our shared mission. Chapter Executive Directors from Georgia and Pennsylvania will then share their chapters’ experiences and successes using litigation in their advocacy work.