Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 12, 2008
BlabberMouth PR, the seriously fun public relations firm best known for delivering 100% senior-level representation, has been chosen by Refuge House, a Dallas-based foster agency, to implement a comprehensive public relations campaign designed to generate visibility and community support for the non-profit’s efforts and expansion plans.
Refuge House takes in children from Child Protective Services and places the kids in foster homes. With locations in Dallas and San Antonio, Refuge House is already serving children in more than 40 Texas counties and has plans to open new locations outside the state later this year.
“When it comes to the delicate issue of children in crisis, we needed a team with experience and compassion,” said Dr. Michele Gorman, founder and CEO of Refuge House. “We turned to BlabberMouth PR because we know our clients will be treated with the utmost respect, our needs will be presented with integrity, and most importantly the stories about our organization will be pitched with sensitivity and thoughtfulness.”
Refuge House is a faith-based organization that accepts private donations and state funding, but seeks to operate on a much more personal level than traditional foster care agencies. Dr. Gorman works personally with the children and families of Refuge House. Dr. Gorman has most recently taken on the case of a terminally ill teenager in the agency’s care.
“When we learned of the incredibly difficult and emotional work the people Refuge House do every day, we were humbled,” said Patti D. Hill, CEO / Founder, BlabberMouth PR. “We know the subject matter won’t always be pretty or fun, but we do know that it will be important and life changing. As we learned more about the operations and goals of Refuge House, we knew it an honor to be called upon to work with them, and an even higher one to be chosen as the agency to tell communities in Texas and around the country about this life-changing agency.”
Erin Steed will steer the public relations campaign for Refuge House.
About BlabberMouth PR
BlabberMouth PR, the seriously fun public relations firm, is celebrated for providing 100% senior-level representation to a range of industries, including advertising, consumer electronics, gaming, health and fitness, interior design, and music and entertainment, among others. Founded in 2001, BlabberMouth PR abandoned the traditional agency model in favor of an innovative version and entrepreneurial processes for developing strategies and campaigns, and implementing tactics to help their clients win in the marketplace. BlabberMouth PR – quirky name, serious public relations. For additional information on BlabberMouth PR and its services, visit http://www.blabbermouthPR.com.
About Refuge House
Refuge House is a private, non-profit foster agency that works with Child Protective Agency to place children ages 0 to 21 in the region’s foster homes. Refuge House offers a complete wrap-around program that helps both the child and the foster-caregivers through the transition of out-of-home placement and visitation. Dr. Michele Gorman created Refuge House, is a foster and adoptive parent and continues to be hands on in its day-to-day operations. Dr. Gorman does everything from executive level strategic planning to taking middle-of-the-night calls from families in crisis. Refuge House serves as a model for other agencies and has aggressive expansion plans nationwide. Refuge House is online at http://www.refugehouse.org
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) December 25, 2009
ChooseDirect loves giving, especially around the holidays. So when CEO Steve Barbarich heard about the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL (Care About Remembering Overlooked Lives), he decided to donate a portion of sales from his company’s e-commerce site, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com, to bring aid to runaway teens and young adults who would otherwise obtain nothing this Christmas.
“I see homeless people on the streets of San Francisco every day, but it’s impossible to help them all” says Barbarich. “Giving to the Covenant House in Oakland is one way to get teens and young adults out of cardboard shelters, into warm beds and perhaps even receive a little joy this Christmas.”
One of Barbarich’s e-commerce sites, Choose Hot Tubs Direct.com, is no stranger to donating to worthy causes. For example, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com raised money for Hurricane Ike victims last October. In October of this year, he chose breast cancer as his charity, realizing California has some of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation. For the holiday season, he wanted to make life a little happier for homeless teens.
For the month of December, until today, Barbarich has allocated funds from Island Escape Spas sales to donate to the Covenant House California. In partnering with the center, Barbarich hopes to raise awareness about homelessness and the rise in runaway rates in the San Francisco metropolitan area, where his company, ChooseDirect, is based.
Though the Covenant House’s services are mostly for people 18-24, its policy is to accept every child who shows up at its doors. Since 1988, it has helped more than 145,000 homeless youth get off the streets and escape the physical and psychological abuse that either brought them there or plagues them as homeless people. The society’s mission is to “protect and safeguard all children of the street” with “absolute respect and unconditional love.” It offers street outreach and residential and supportive services. In addition, the organization has a hot line for teens in trouble, 1-800-999-9999 and a website, Nineline.org. The Covenant House California helps runaways and homeless young adults deal with suicidal ideations, drug and alcohol abuse, basic needs and anything else imaginable that these people face and from which they escape.
Giving to the Covenant House California is simple. Not only does it love in kind gifts such as food, personal hygiene products, business attire for job interviews and employment and footwear, among other items, but it also tremendously appreciates monetary donations. You can contribute securely on the Web, by phone at 1-866-268-3686 (1-866-COV-DOVE), or by mail by downloading a donation form and sending it to Covenant House California, Attn.: Development Department, 1325 N. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027.
San Francisco is often considered the homelessness capital of the world because of its mild climate and social programs providing cash benefits to the homeless. An estimated 7,000-10,000 people remain homeless in San Francisco, and the city spends approximately $ 200 million a year on programs aimed at helping the situation(1). According to the National Runaway Switchboard, California alone has 16,909 runaway children, teens and young adults. Truly a problem plaguing the Bay area, ChooseDirect has decided to take steps this year to combat the crisis by donating to the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL.
The ChooseDirect factory direct model allows this new & unique company to bring the world high quality products at factory direct pricing. Since this e-commerce online retailer is involved with the product all the way down to the factory level, it cuts out many middlemen from the process and is able to offer better prices than the competitors. ChooseHotTubsDirect.com prides itself in having a large selection of hot tubs, portable spa & swim spas products, and with advanced factory coordination, they provide customers with a highly customized premium quality product. For more information about ChooseDirect, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com & for charity effort updates, please visit the ChooseHotTubsDirect.com Charity page.
1. “Homelessness in the United States.” Wikipedia. 20 December 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States#San_Francisco. 23 December 2009.
Diana Slampyak, Director of Community Outreach
767 Bryant St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) March 5, 2010
Spring is shaping up to be a very busy season at Mary Lees House, thanks to the efforts of the 2009-2010 Provisional Class of The Junior League of Tampa.
The provisional class, made up of more than 145 women, has been working hard on a variety of projects to help support Mary Lees House and the non-profit agencies housed within it. Volunteer efforts kicked off last month when The Junior League of Tampas Sunshine Committee members delivered lunch and other goodies to recognize the hard work and dedication of the staff of Mary Lees House and its partner agencies.
The Provisionals have added an extra level of service not only to children and families but also to the employees who serve them, said Lisa Colen, Executive Director of Mary Lees House. Their energy and enthusiasm shine throughout this building and have certainly made our first year in service a memorable one.
Upcoming Tampa events include:
A book fair and literacy workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at the Town N Country Family Support and Resource Center on Saturday, March 6th
A work day to transform the front porch of Mary Lees House into a more welcoming, tranquil environment for children and families
A luncheon for The Junior League of Tampa Sustaining Members to learn more about the Guardian Ad Litem Program. This will be held at The Plaza on Harbor Island from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 18th.
A literacy workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at the North Tampa Resource Center on Saturday, March 27th.
Celebrating Children: A Party at Mary Lees House, an event geared toward raising awareness of child abuse in the Tampa Bay area while giving children a chance to enjoy a fun-filled day with carnival activities on Saturday, April 24th.
Mary Lees House, a childrens protection and advocacy center that opened in late 2008, serves children who have been removed from their homes due to suspected cases of abuse and neglect. Instead of having to take the already-traumatized child to the doctor, then the police and then to court, Mary Lees House has all those services and more under one roof. Funding for The JLT provisional class to assist with Mary Lees House was secured through a generous donation from the Eckerd Family Foundation.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 3, 2010
The 2010 Heart of a Champion Luncheon will benefit Heart House Dallas, a free afterschool educational program, on its 10th anniversary of service to children in the Dallas County area. The event, presented this year by Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at The Tower Club, 1601 Elm Street, Dallas, at 12 Noon.
Bill Lively, President & CEO, North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, is the keynote speaker at the September 23rd luncheon. Everson Walls, former Dallas Cowboys noted cornerback and current nationwide speaker is serving as Honorary Chairman. Local personality, Scott Murray, will act as Master of Ceremonies. A very special Heart of a Champion award presentation will be made to Barbara and Stanley Levenson, fervent advocates for Heart House Dallas and well-known in the local area for their philanthropic work in the community.
During the past ten years, Heart House Dallas has provided a safe, nurturing, and supportive haven for at-risk children at the apartment complexes where they live. Heart House provides academic support offering various programs that include homework assistance, citizenship and character development, math, science, and literacy lessons. The Heart House Dallas environment helps these children through each success to build their self-confidence significantly both at school and in life and the opportunity to become the best they can be as individuals.
This years Heart of a Champion luncheon is special in so many ways and we are honored to have Bill Lively, Everson Walls, and Scott Murray join us in our celebration, said Lea Beach, Executive Director, Heart House Dallas. We are also thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize Barbara and Stanley Levenson who are so strongly committed to Heart Houses mission and goals.
We are enormously proud of the success Heart House Dallas has achieved since its opening in 2000 in helping so many students of diverse backgrounds and cultures become more adept at school and feel safer in their communities, Beach continued. Anyone who supports the programs of Heart House Dallas changes what life will be for our children.
We are changing our community and the world one child at a time, she added.
The Heart of Dallas Boards committee co-chairs for the 2010 Heart of a Champion luncheon are Lisa Armstrong and Amy Stewart. The other committee members include Amy Krumholz and Elizabeth Moundas.
Key sponsors for the Heart of a Champion benefit luncheon are Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Touchdown Sponsor and Jackson Walker, L.L.P., Goal Line Sponsor. Other sponsors to-date include AD&T (Alexander, Dubose, Townsend); Amy Stewart Law; Andrews Kurth; Lockton Dunning; AmegyBank; Swingle Collins and Associates; and McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. Sponsorship opportunities, donations, luncheon reservations, and other information is available at http://www.hearthousedallas.org.
About Heart House
Heart House Dallas is a free afterschool educational program that provides a safe haven and academic support for at-risk children while encouraging them to become good citizens. Nearly 136,000 children in Dallas County need quality after school care. At Heart House Dallas, children have access to caring adult role models, homework assistance, art enrichment, computer learning, health and safety topics, and literacy programs.
Heart House has touched the lives of hundreds of children since September 2000. By giving these children a safe environment, the program protects them from the idleness and negative elements they may encounter when they step off the school bus and while walking to their homes. http://www.hearthousedallas.org
Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) January 10, 2011
The Foster Group welcomes the addition of its newest partner to their Arizona office, David Lujan. Davids area of practice will focus on education law, employment matters, public policy issues, and a variety of other matters given his diverse and rich background. David served three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing central Phoenix, as well as serving as the Arizona House Minority Leader. In 2010, David was a candidate for Arizona Attorney General. He also served for eight years as a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board, including two years as the Board President.
One of the reasons I became a lawyer is to make sure that people get justice within our system, states Lujan. People need someone who can help them navigate the legal system; which in and of itself can be overwhelming. The slightest mistake can permanently derail even the noblest of causes. Ive been in the courtrooms dealing with cases and Ive legislated Arizonas state laws. I understand the challenges our citizens, businesses, and institutions face and look forward to the opportunity to continue to be a part of the solution with The Foster Group. As a partner with The Foster Group, I will continue to make a difference.
David was an Assistant Attorney General where he successfully represented the State of Arizona on a variety of public education issues including serving as the States attorney for a $ 1.4 billion school construction program and on the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team. David also worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and as the attorney for a non-profit organization which provides legal services to help children who are victims of abuse. He is co-author of the book Child Advocacy 101 which examines the child protection systems in America.
Were absolutely thrilled that David has joined our team. Hes an amazing talent. His passion, skill, and legal intellect truly go unparalleled. David is one of the finest lawyers in Arizona, says Kristen Foster, managing partner of The Foster Group. David has had such a positive impact on the state of Arizona, especially in the areas of education and child welfare. We fully expect that trend to continue in the years to come.
David is the recipient of the 2010 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Public Policy Award, the 2009 National Association of Social Workers Legislator of the Year Award, and the 2009 Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Cherish the Children Award in Media/Public Policy. He received the 2009 Cesar Chavez Continuing the Legacy Award from the Latino Law Student Association of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2008, he received the “Golden Apple Award” from the AZ Parents for Education in recognition for his continued support for public education, the 2006 Arizona Students Associations Legislator of the Year Award, and the Arizona Business and Education Coalitions Legislative Partner Award. He is also a volunteer attorney coach for the Central High School mock trial team.
For additional information or to make an appointment with Mr. Lujan or any of the other members of The Foster Group legal team, please visit our website at http://www.fosterslawgroup.com or call (480) 374-1500. Please direct all media inquiries to Bill Knowlton at (480) 212-6553.
With offices in Arizona and Indiana, the Foster Group (TFG), offers big firm experience, but with boutique law firm services and cost-effectiveness. TFGs members have been partners in large and national law firms, managed dozens of lawyers and multi-million dollar budgets, worked for federal and state judges, worked on the Hill in Washington, D.C., and represented large international companies throughout the world. TFG has law offices in Arizona and Indiana. Our practice areas include: labor law, education law, family law, business law, civil rights, HR solutions / best practices, and mediation. For more information, visit us at http://www.fosterslawgroup.com.
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WASHINGTON D.C. (PRWEB) March 10, 2011
Government and school officials convened today at The White House for the 2011 Bullying Prevention Summit; declaring their dedication to establishing new programs, initiatives and tools for students, parents and educators in the fight against youth on youth abuse.
Yet despite the magnitude of these efforts, the glare of a national spotlight, and intensive societal focus – the fact is bullying is getting worse.
Every 7 minutes, a child is bullied * 77% of America’s children have faced verbal, mental or physical abuse at the hands of a peer (Department of Justice)* 32% of parents fear for their child’s safety at school (Gallup News Service) * Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC)
“Current bullying initiatives are killing our children. We are going about this all wrong. Let’s back it way up – stop merely spouting the prescribed rhetoric and alter our preliminary intent – to raise compassionate, kind, strong children.” — Janine Driver, March 10, 2011 –
Research has shown that information processing and subsequent behavior is tied to a 4-tiered process: 1. Intent; 2. Body Language; 3. Thought; 4. Words.
Current anti-bullying strategies focus on a reactive structure – bullies are simply told to stop, and victims are encouraged to tell the closest adult. When focused on the tail end of this process – thought and words – it is simply too late.
THE KIND KID REVOLUTION utilizes these scientific breakthroughs – turning current strategies on end – to create a strong foundation in each child. The 4-part process challenges schools, parents and children to reevaluate their behavior, revamp their communication strategies and challenge one another to find the greatness in every person and every interaction, even in the “bullies”.
Step 1. INTENT: The current goal to end bullying and keep kids safe – yet an undeniable escalation continues. Instead, the intent should be to promote compassion, kindness and strength in our children. Assign the kids the behavior we want them to demonstrate, instead of focusing on the conduct we want to avoid. Simple yet successful – positive goals will translate into positive results.
Step 2. BODY LANGUAGE: Driver encourages the use of specific techniques proven to facilitate positive interaction, reduce stress and encourage cooperation. All parties involved will benefit by utilizing The Belly Button Rule (face the core of your body towards the children involved in the conflict, it demonstrates immediate respect), Body Leveraging (when your body is above that of the children in conflict; by not lowering your body, you may close down the victim, while at the same time empower the student who isn’t being kind and compassionate) and The Beggars Pose (palm of your hand open and facing up, which sends the message that you are open to discussion) whether confronting a bully or consoling a victim.
Step 3. THOUGHT: As intent and body language are corrected, thought naturally follow an appropriate course.
Step 4. WORDS: It is time to change our linguistic approach to handle the problem of bullying in a more effective manner. The human brain is unable to effectively process NO or DON’T – using these as the pillars of our anti-bullying campaign is ineffective at best – at worst, it enhances and encourages abusive behavior. The Kind Kid Revolution focuses on bringing a new vocabulary set forward, one that will increase rapport among peers, promote quality character traits and restore our school communities. For instance, instead of saying, “NO BULLYING!” or “STOP BULLYING!” change the language to say, “KENNEDY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS ARE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE AND STRONG!”
Sending your 5 year old off to kindergartenonly to have him labeled a bully within a week because he likes to hug the other kids | Feeling helpless as your 7th grader faces a new assault every day | Giving your college bound teen an extra hundred dollars for laundry as you kiss her goodbye – two weeks later, she’s dead at her own hands because she was tortured by bullies.
“As a mother, I’m crying out for America to work together so no child dreads the dawn of another school day or concludes that taking their own life is the only way to stop the vicious cycle of abuse,” says Driver. “By talking about this issue, President Obama is on the right track. Now all we need to do is re-focus our focus and get our educators, parents, and mentors assigning kids the traits we want them to have, instead of the traits we don’t want them to have!”
Janine Driver is New York Times Best Selling Author of YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK: The 7-Day Plan on Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want. Driver is also an expert in Human Behavior and Communication, specifically in the fields of body language and verbal manipulation. Sixteen years in federal law enforcement provided a startling look at the psychology of the bully – their mindset, motivation and methods. She continually trains thousands – law enforcement, business and children – to harness the power of interpersonal communication. Her expertise is sought by Fortune 500 companies and media outlets such as NBC’s The Today Show, Fox News, CBS, and ABC. She has been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Psychology Today, and countless others.
HOW TO APPLY: Schools, parents, mentors, and student council boards may apply to be considered to participate in the 1-day training pilot program called, “THE KIND KIDS REVOLUTION” by e-mailing Driver personally at email@example.com with a 200-word (or less) response on why your school should be chosen. The schools chosen to participate in the pilot program will incur NO COST regarding training fees. Driver is donating her time and expertise to help save America’s children.
DUE DATE: April 15, 2011. The pilot program is limited to three schools, so APPLY TODAY!
MEDIA INTERVIEWS: To interview Human Communication/Body Language Expert Janine Driver please contact the Body Language Institute’s Director of Creative Content Rebecca Maguire at 703-203-6945.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 31, 2011
South Florida based Kids Ecology Corps, the non profit 501c(3) organization inspiring young people to take positive eco-action and make environmental stewardship a part of everyday life, has entered into a unique partnership with Fort Lauderdales historic Bonnet House.
KEC Outreach Director Lee Gottlieb created a countywide program for the 2011-12 school year that focuses on restoring the now-disappearing mangrove forests that once lined the shores of Broward Countys waterways. The Bonnet House landmark estate, with its natural barrier island habitat, provides a perfect living laboratory for KEC to educate kids about the significance of preservation and restoration of the mangrove forest.
Bonnet House offers participating school classes, teachers and parent chaperones free admission for a day of activities to learn about mangroves and the remarkable contributions the Bartlett and Birch families made to South Floridas arts and culture.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) November 25, 2011
Variety International the Childrens Charity with head offices in Los Angeles California has partnered with Cackleberries Entertainment Inc. of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Through this partnership Cackleberries will develop Variety House within their virtual world of Oville, a place where education and entertainment co-exist.
The aim of this partnership is to promote Varietys message, increase overall awareness of childrens special needs issues and to expand the donation base for Variety Tents (chapters) around the world.
In Oville, children ages 3 to 7 develop their own avatars, which are engagingly interactive and kick start a childs creativity. Children participate in a growing, living world, with houses, streets and communities that evolve around them. The Variety house in the virtual world of Oville will illustrate the many challenges facing children with special needs and will encourage empathy for, and understanding of these challenges. Teaching all children as early as possible about the differences we share will help them understand that we also share similarities. Variety House will reinforce positive attitudes towards kids with special needs.
Variety assists thousands of special needs children and their families each year through a number of programs and individual grants. One of the core targets for Variety funding is mobility and this partnership with Cackleberries will increase awareness and raise funding for children with mobility problems.
Variety chose to partner with Cackleberries as they met the need to provide a safe, secure and educational online place for children to learn and play, free from advertising and conspicuous consumerism.
About Variety International the Children’s Charity
Variety the Children’s Charity is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children around the world. Through our network of 43 Tents (or Chapters) in 13 countries, Variety reaches into communities across the globe to offer financial assistance and services to children and organizations that serve children with special needs.
Cackleberries Entertainment is a children’s edutainment (entertainment and education) company offering a website, animation, toys, games, music and more. Most importantly Cackleberries introduces young children, three to seven, to the future of education with a dedication to keeping children safe. Cackleberries protects children from the internet with the latest technology, provides family friendly content, and never advertises to children. Children can play for free in the safest online world for young children.
(PRWEB UK) 1 February 2012
Sophie Radice asked the question should we let children run wild?. Indoor Soft Play Equipment Manufacturer, House of Play debate child safety and emotional and physical wellbeing in 2012.
Ensuring the safety of a child should be every parents uncompromising goal; however it is difficult to balance protection with allowing freedom, social growth and independence of a child. Combined with long working hours, increased food and utility costs achieving a health balance is proving difficult for many uk families.
Recently its been featured in news all over the world that people need to be active in order to stay healthy. The main reason for this is the rise in the rate of obesity, most worryingly in children, and the fact that they arent getting the exercise they need. Parents are now making more of an effort to keep their children active through family walks, bike rides and many other activities that are fun for everyone.
However, its not always possible to fit in as many activities as youd like, and with some families having both parents working, there can be little time to get around to a game of frisbee after work. In cases such as these, which are becoming more and more common, its usually better to get together a whole group of parents and their children to go and do something active together. Then if some parents cant spare the time their children can still go and play under supervision.
Theres no end to the things that kids can do to stay fit, from frantically running around a park to throwing balls to each other, but all of these activities carry a risk of injury. A child could trip on concrete and hurt themselves or fall from a wall and cause a very serious injury. For these reasons companies such as House Of Play have set up facilities with commercial indoor play equipment for children to come and play in a huge area where there is also a place for parents to rest.
The facilities that House Of Play have help set up are the result of their business services, which they offer alongside their products. David Booth, joint managing director informed us of this positive feedback, Having looked at a number of sites, House of Play was the only Company to actually advise against us pursuing premises that we thought were ok. The other Companies never ever tried to talk us out of taking any of the premises that we looked at. The result of this was that House Of Plays customer did not waste money and time looking into properties that werent exactly what the customer were looking for.
These indoor play facilities are equipped with soft indoor play equipment, which means that even if a child falls they wont hurt themselves in a serious way, and theyll find it very hard to hurt themselves at all. House Of Play have their own indoor play facility, but they are also the UKs leading manufacturer and supplier of soft play equipment. An indoor play facility gives children the benefit of exercise and takes away the risks that could confront them outside. Their products are designed to allow children to be as active as possible whilst in a safe controlled environment.
Many injuries are caused by falls and bumps, which are to be expected of children however, dangers like broken glass and unhygienic play areas can cause serious problems. The recent attack of a six year old girl by a dog in Chingford was during a family day at the local park. Indoor soft play facilities dont have the risks associated with outdoor activities and are a great way to keep children active and safe.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 10, 2012
Today, 150 leaders of The Arc from across the country met with a variety of senior White House officials at a Community Leaders Briefing to ask questions and discuss issues facing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The session, held just for The Arc, included an unannounced visit from President Barack Obama. The President spoke of his commitment to people with disabilities saying, Ive got your back.
This surprise appearance by the President of the United States was the highlight of the day for many attendees, along with the opportunity to interact with high level government officials about how they can support people with I/DD to live in the community. Over the course of the day, leaders of chapters of The Arc were briefed on topics ranging from Medicaid to education to community living and employment for people with I/DD. Many of the speakers, including President Obama, referenced the impact advocates made during budget negotiations to protect Medicaid, and encouraged The Arc and others to continue these efforts.
Another unannounced speaker was White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, who reiterated the Presidents opposition to turning Medicaid into a block grant. He also took questions from the audience, including Barbara Coppens, a member of the national board of directors of The Arc and a self-advocate who took the opportunity to speak about the importance of self-advocacy by people with disabilities.
I tell other self-advocates youve got to get out there and advocate for yourself because you cant rely on other people to make change for you, said Coppens to Chief of Staff Jack Lew.
The day was organized by Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, who kicked off the agenda by welcoming guests and speaking about employment issues. The Arc heard from Cecilia Mu