The HCBS Access Act: A Law 70 Years in the Making

Event Date: 

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 2:00pm

Event Location: 

Webinar

The Arc of the United States was founded over 70 years ago by families who wanted their family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) included in every aspect of life. Yet, most people with IDD had to leave their families and go live in institutions to receive the daily supports they needed because of their disability. Our system of services and supports for people with IDD has come a long way since those days, but many people with IDD and their families still struggle to plan for the services that their loved ones will need to live a quality life in the community in the future. Many people with IDD wait years to get off the waiting list for services only to find few direct support professionals available to provide the services they need in the community and even more limited affordable and accessible housing. Even when they do find a home in the community and a trusted professional to meet their needs, they often have to start their search all over again in six months or a year because the turnover in the field is so high. Or worse, they move to another state to be near family after their parent dies and end up on the waiting list for services all over again. Congress has finally proposed a bill, the Home and Community-Based Services Access Act (HAA) to make changes to the system of support for people with disabilities to ensure community-based services are there for all people with disabilities who want to live their lives in the community, with their friends and family. Come learn about barriers in the current system, the proposed changes, and what you can do to make sure these changes become a reality!

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Access Note: This webinar will be captioned. The webinar will be recorded and available to view on demand for those who register. Questions? Email events@thearc.org.