As a statewide advocacy organization, The Arc of Texas is your best resource for information related to intellectual and developmental disabilities, from legislative advocacy to solutions that effect systemic change.The Arc of Texas has expertise in
- Community supports and services, including home and community-based services, institutional bias, Texas waivers and waitlist, and more.
- Inclusive education, including access to the general education curriculum in age-appropriate inclusive settings and post-secondary education.
- Civil rights and criminal justice, including working with criminal justice professionals to better serve people with IDD, and advancing the protection, enforcement, and awareness of the civil, legal, and service rights of Texans with IDD.
- Competitive, integrated employment, including fair wages and reducing barriers to employment access for people with disabilities.
Resources for Reporters
- What are intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)? Learn more
Capital Tonight, Spectrum News: Denton Living Center Becoming Coronavirus Hot Spot
The Arc of Texas CEO Jennifer Martinez is interviewed by Karina Kling about a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Denton State-Supported Living Center and the high risk of congregate-care settings for Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
KERA Dallas: An Ellis County Man's Lawsuit Brings Mental Health And Disability Training
Ruben Solis, an elderly man with a disability, was injured by Ellis County Sheriff's deputies and falsely charged with public intoxication after he called for assistance. Solis and the Ellis County Sheriff's Office reached a settlement which includes expanding disability and mental health training for officers. The Arc of Texas Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy Alex Cogan is interviewed by Dallas NPR station KERA about the organization's role in this training.
The Houston Chronicle: Opinion: Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz Are All Hat, No Cattle When it Comes to Texans With Disabilities
The Houston Chronicle published CEO Jennifer Martinez's op-ed in print and online on September 11. The op-ed called on Texans to contact Sens. Cornyn and Cruz to support funding Medicaid home and community-based services in the next coronavirus relief legislation. The piece also touches on the high costs associated with state supported living centers versus home and community-based services.