Monarch Visits Capitol Hill
Representatives from Monarch and other area advocates for people with disabilities attended the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. in April. 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.
Brenda Hinson, past Monarch board chair, and Larry Hinson, The Arc of Stanly chairperson, had the opportunity to meet with N.C. Congressman Richard Hudson to discuss how policies impact people in the state and the funding needs for people with disabilities.
Jeanette Wilhelm, quality management coordinator and advocate at Monarch, also attended and said the seminar is an important yearly event for advocates to meet with elected officials to help build bipartisan support for high priority disability issues.
“There are many critical issues facing the I/DD population in this election year. When visiting with elected officials, the most compelling responses come when they hear how decisions they make impact those in their represented areas,” Wilhelm said.