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A View into The Arc’s New Employment Initiative

Listen in as Michelle talks with Melody Cooper, The Arc’s new Self Advocate Employment Specialist; and Rebecca Scherpelz, newly named Self-Advocates of Indiana Administrator, about The Arc’s new employment initiative. Melody and Rebecca offer important…

Thank You Anderson Cooper!

I am a big fan of Anderson Cooper. Back in May when he was in town for the Indianapolis 500. I hoped to meet him – but it just did not quite work out. Anderson…

Helping Marilyn Achieve Her Dream to “Get Out of Here”

The best part of my job as Director of The Arc Master Trust is working with our trust beneficiaries to get not only basic necessities, but also the nice extras that we all want in life.  Best of all, sometimes we help people change their lives and achieve their dreams. In October of 2010, I met with…

A View into Best Buddies Indiana

Listen in as Michelle talks with Sarah Baldini, State Director, Best Buddies Indiana, about their mission to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A Brief Primer on The Arc of Indiana Master Trust II

The Arc of Indiana Master Trust II was established in 1995 in response to legislation passed by the United States Congress in 1993.  (In fact, The Arc’s Trust Director at the time, Alan Kemp, was instrumental in working with staff of The Arc US to craft the legislation). In Indiana, thousands of people have benefited…

Bills, Laws, Regulations & Policies – Understanding the Differences

A legislator recently contacted me regarding an email he received from a constituent asking questions about a bill that had passed that caused her son’s Medicaid waiver funding to be reduced. The legislator could not understand how such a bill could pass without him knowing about it, let alone knowing enough detail to answer the…