Public Policy

The Arc’s Public Policy work promotes and protects the rights of people with I/DD by advocating on a broad range of issues that affect their lives at the local, state, and federal levels.

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UNLOCK Legislative Advcoacy Campaign

The Arc Georgia, in partnership with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, supports the coordination of The Unlock the Waiting Lists! Campaign, which advocates investing in Georgians with disabilities so they and their families can live full lives and contribute to Georgia Communities and the Georgia economy.



Many families have been searching for a way to plan for the future of a child with severe disabilities. While they are able to save for the educational needs of their other children through “529” college tuition plans, they find those plans do not fit the needs of their child with severe disabilities. The ABLE Act (S.313 / H.R.647) gives individuals with disabilities and their families access to accounts that would allow individual choice and control while protecting eligibility for Medicaid, SSI, and other important federal benefits for people with disabilities.


Employment First

Employment First Georgia (EFG) is a statewide resource promoting innovative, customized employment practice. Each individual will be supported to pursue his or her own unique path to work, a career, or his or her contribution to participation in community life. EFG provides technical assistance and consultation to individuals and their “team” (family, job coach, etc.)