Why It Matters
Through litigation, The Arc seeks to ensure that there is robust enforcement of disability and civil rights laws at all levels of state and federal courts, so that people with disabilities can live, work, and learn in the communities of their choice — free from discrimination. Individual lawsuits, system-change litigation, and amicus briefs provide opportunities to advance the rights of people with I/DD nationwide in all aspects of life. Throughout its history, The Arc has been involved in seminal disability rights lawsuits leading to the enactment of the IDEA and paving the way for the deinstitutionalization movement. By working to enforce disability and civil rights laws, The Arc empowers the members of our community to not only fight against injustice, but to choose the lives they want and to live in a world that protects their civil rights and human dignity.
What The Arc Is Doing
Federal Complaints Filed Over COVID-19 Medical Discrimination
Since the pandemic began, The Arc, along with our state and national partners, has filed a number of complaints with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights challenging crisis standard of care plans, no-visitor policies, and inaccessible COVID-19 testing sites as discriminating against people with disabilities in states across the country. These complaints have resulted in critical victories that protect the rights of people with disabilities to receive equal access to medical care during this pandemic. The Arc is continuing to fight for the rights of people with disabilities to receive equal access to treatment as the pandemic continues.