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Gifts : Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives

The Gifts Outreach program provides complimentary copies of Gifts to organizations which serve parents facing a new diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child, either prenatally or postnatally. We believe that the stories in the book provide a vital companionship and support for such parents.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Arc of Indiana's "Blueprint for Change"

With the cuts in waiver funding and services nationwide, the Arc of Indiana knew something drastic had to be designed to reform the system.  Some are receiving unnecessary funding, some being underserved, and there was no system in place to "swap" funding if needed without losing benefits.  As a board member of the Arc of Indiana, I have been privy to the development and announcement of "The Blueprint for Change," which is a transformational plan designed to empower people to shape their own future, nurture and create natural systems of support, and strengthen the foundation of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Blueprint is driven by five key principles to guide system reform and change:

Building Career Pathways for All

Discovering and Realizing Individual Gifts

Supporting Resourcefulness of Individuals, Families and Communities

Using What You Need

Shifting the Power to What Works

A Call to Action

The transformational change called for in the Blueprint will not be easy and it will not happen through the work of The Arc alone. It will take many hands. Join us in this important movement that can make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of people with I/DD and their families.  How?

Learn More! Read the Blueprint for Change Report (PDF)

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