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News and Notes: Monarch representatives attend Disability Policy Seminar in D.C.

4-Peggy Katie Senator Hagan2Representatives from Monarch and other area advocates for people with disabilities attended the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. held earlier this month. The annual event is the largest and best opportunity for advocates to learn more about the issues, connect with other advocates and to speak with elected officials about critical topics that are important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The three-day event provided information needed to educate members of Congress and their staffs about the needs and priorities of the I/DD community. Event topics included discussions about Medicaid and community living, federal funding, Social Security, employment, education, and healthcare.

Monarch CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune, Brenda Hinson, chair of Monarch’s Board of Directors, and Jeanette Wilhelm, quality Richard Burr and others2management coordinator and advocate at Monarch, got the opportunity to meet United States Senators from North Carolina Kay Hagan and Richard Burr to discuss how policies impact people in the state and the funding needs for people with disabilities.

The seminar was presented by The Arc, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Self-Advocates becoming Empowered, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), and the National Association on Developmental Disabilities.

Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ###     
Pictured (L-R): Monarch CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune, Sen. Kay Hagan and Katie Edmunds, of Randolph County. North Carolina disability advocates representing The Arc of NC: Rhonda Schandevel, Jennifer and Rusty Bradstock, Sen. Richard Burr, and Albemarle residents Jeanette Wilhelm, quality management coordinator and advocate at Monarch, and Monarch Board Chair Brenda Hinson.                                        

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