Arc to establish new program for Nevadans with disabilites |

Arc to establish new program for Nevadans with disabilites

The Arc of the United States announced the launch of the “Growing a Grassroots Advocacy Movement” project in Nevada.

This program, funded by the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and The Arc of the United States, develop long-term capacity for advocates to address issues of importance to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.    

Specifically this project will train individuals with developmental disabilities and members of their families on how to impact disability policy at the local, regional and state levels, culminating in a grassroots campaign. The training, called Partners Plus, will be conducted across the state, targeting graduates of previous Nevada Partners in Policymaking classes.  The project is the first time The Arc has had a statewide presence in Nevada since the mid-90s.

“The Arc is very excited about this opportunity to serve Nevada on a statewide level for the first time in over a decade,” said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc. “This is a wonderful chance to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their family members, to be advocates and influence disability policy right in their own backyard.”

In addition to the Partners Plus program, The Arc in Nevada will expand efforts to support disabled individuals and their families through new chapter recruitment, grassroots advocacy development, and collaborative efforts with communities across Nevada.    

This project will be staffed by Nicole Schomberg, a parent of a child with developmental disabilities who has extensive experience working with families and self-advocates in Nevada.

For more information, go to or call 202-534-3712.

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