Public policy advocacy – supporting individuals with disabilities, their parents, family members, and allies in gaining knowledge about issues of importance to them and engaging their elected officials in the policymaking process – is central to The Arc Minnesota’s mission.
In our policy advocacy efforts, we focus on:
- Enhancing the rights of people with disabilities and opposing efforts to roll back or undermine those rights;
- Maximizing the independence and inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities by expanding appropriate services and funding;
- Supporting families by promoting services and funding which help them raise their children with disabilities at home so they can grow and thrive; and
- Ensuring that people with disabilities and their families have greater control over the funding and services they receive.
From 1946 to the present, The Arc Minnesota has played a leadership role achieving policy successes in:
- Educational rights and services for students with disabilities;
- The closure of state institutions;
- Creation and expansion of home & community-based services;
- Supports for families to raise their children at home and help them thrive;
- Direct care workforce issues;
- Protecting community-based services from funding cuts and harmful restructuring;
- Self-directed services; and
- Civil rights of employment, public accommodations, and voting.
We work with staff and volunteers from regional offices throughout Minnesota and with The Arc of the United States to help ensure that the issues and interests of people with disabilities, their families, and staff are heard and represented within the Minnesota State Capitol and in Washington, D.C.
In addition to nonpartisan public policy, we work to promote and protect the human rights of people with disabilities through systems advocacy, training and education, and community engagement.