The Story Continues: Mid to Late 90's:
John Foley was the Executive Director and Board Presidents included Sophie Dominguez, Bonnie Stepleton, and Judy Liddell.
Staff that were hired during this time and who continue to work at The Arc today include Priscilla Salinas - Director of the southern NM Office, Ling Faith-Heuertz, Guardianship Program Coordinator, JoAnn Baxter, Trust Program Coordinator and Doris Husted, Director of Public Policy.
The Arc moved to its current office location at 3655 Carlisle NE. The Arc established an advocacy office in northern New Mexico through a grant from the Isabel Gonzales Trust Fund and later established an advocacy office in Anthony to serve individuals and families living in rural communities in southern Dona Ana County.
The Arc established a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prevention program and received an award from the National Arc for our Pregnant Pause Campaign. The theme of the campaign was, "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is 100% Preventable!" and encouraged woman not to drink if they were pregnant or if they were planning a pregnancy.
TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy striving for fully inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities. For several years The Arc partnered with the New Mexico chapter, Sun-TASH, to host the Arc/Sun-TASH Annual Conference.
New Mexico's two large state-funded institutions were closed - Fort Stanton in 1996 and the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School in 1997. The Arc Guardians were very involved with transitioning individuals out of the institutions into community homes.
The Partners in Policymaking Program graduated its third and final class. The Arc became one of several operating sites of the National Arc AmeriCorps Project and the New Mexico AmeriCorps members included individuals with and without disabilities.
The Advocates Alliance Project, funded by the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, developed and administered a demonstration program, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability, to improve and enhance quality in services and supports provided to people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury in Socorro and in Zuni Pueblo.
The Arc hosted a Self-Determination Leadership Training Seminar facilitated People First of Tennessee. The Seminar was funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The Arc received a small grant from the New Mexico Department of Health to help individuals with disabilities and their families enroll in SALUD, the New Mexico Medicaid managed care program.
The Arc was one of 10 chapters nationwide who received a Communicator’s Award from The Arc of the United States.
The Arc initiated a DD Waiver Waiting List Campaign and filed the Lewis lawsuit in 1999 against the Department of Health seeking relief for those on the waiting list.
The National Office
The Arc launches a national media and advertising campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. As a result of these efforts, the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention and Education Act is passed by Congress.
A new publication, Genetic Issues in Developmental Disabilities, is initiated as part of The Arc's Human Genome Project.
Steve Eidelman was hired as The Arc US executive director and he immediately initiated efforts to redefine and strengthen The Arc.
The Arc was involved in drafting the first national family support legislation in 1994.