The Arc’s Reaction to the Department of Justice and Commonwealth of Virginia Settlement Regarding Institutions

Washington, DC – The Arc, the nation’s largest and oldest human rights organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) serving more than a million individuals and their families, issued the following statement on the news that the Commonwealth of Virginia has reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding four of its institutions for people with I/DD.

“This settlement is a big step forward in bringing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities out of the shadows and into communities across Virginia, where they belong.  The Department of Justice’s commitment to monitoring and oversight of the implementation of this agreement will be key to ensuring that the shift to community based services away from institutions will be successful for people with I/DD in Virginia.

“The Arc of Virginia and the network of chapters across the state have been instrumental in putting this agreement in place.  They will continue their work at the state capitol to advocate for additional resources for people with disabilities so that they can move off of waiting lists and begin receiving the supports they need to live independent lives in the community,” said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc.

2 thoughts on “The Arc’s Reaction to the Department of Justice and Commonwealth of Virginia Settlement Regarding Institutions

  1. I would like to read a follow up analysis of the data collected to determine if community based work and supports actually succeed in integration and happiness.

    • Hi MaryAnn,

      In 2010, The Arc conducted a national online survey, called the Family Individuals Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey. Some of the most interesting findings were related to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the workforce. While only 15% of individuals with I/DD surveyed were employed, either full-time or part-time, those that have a job reported being happy with what they do (82%). The majority of family members surveyed (63%) would like their family members with I/DD to have a regular job in the community.

      To read more results from the FINDS Survey visit our website: http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2990

      We hope this helps, and thanks for the comment.

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