Advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

The Arc of Katy is joining with other chapters of The Arc across Texas and the United States to provide information and advocate for priorities and policies important to our participants and their families.

Working with other chapters of The Arc of Texas

The Arc of Texas is connecting local chapters that operate day programs including The Arc of Katy to share learnings and resources and support each other in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One issue addressed in recent state chapter calls is support needed by many families from Texas Health and Human Services Commission to allow providers to bill Medicaid for providing virtual day habitation during the current spike in COVID-19 cases and to continue the guidance as program providers re-open so families have another tool to support people with I/DD in our communities while mitigating risks of the pandemic.

If interested in helping with advocacy on this issue or if you want more information, please email Fred Shafer at

Take the pledge to vote with The Arc

The Arc of the US is running a campaign in July to encourage everyone eligible to vote. It’s how we can help choose the people that run our government. Our federal and state representatives make laws, decide how money gets spent, and much more that makes a big difference for people with disabilities and their families. You can check out resources available through The Arc below. Please make your vote count!


It’s 2020 Census time and your response is important

The Arc of Texas reminds us that being counted in the 2020 Census is every person’s right, and not being counted leads to fewer resources for people with special needs. Enjoy and share episode 1 and episode 2 of this mini-soap opera series created by The Arc of Texas, REVUP, Texas Center for Independent Living, and Texas Advocates to spread the word about the 2020 Census.

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