Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 November, 2016

The Arc of New Mexico Mission

Our Mission: The Arc New Mexico promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.


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Randy Costales, Executive Director

“Twenty-Five Years of

Uniting Disability Voices”

Disability Rights Awareness Day (DRAD) will be held Thursday and Friday, February 23-24, 2017 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe.  Thursday events will take place at the Hotel and will include keynote and breakout sessions covering current legislative and policy issues. 

Friday events will take place in the Capitol and will include information booths, visits with legislators and a rally from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  

To register go to www.arcnm.org.  

DRAD is made possible through a grant from the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Pre-Legislative-Session Forum & Legislative Advocacy Training

Date/Time:   Saturday, January 7th, 2017 – 8:45 to 3:30.  Registration opens at 8:15 at the Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

Registration/Cost:  $20 per person, which includes lunch and the afternoon workshop if you choose to stay for it.  Please register in advance so we can have adequate supplies of the materials, lunch and refreshments.  For more information contact Disability Rights New Mexico at 505-256-3100.

The Arc National Conference

During the 2016 Annual Business Meeting, delegates voted to approve three position statements that the National Arc Board had reviewed and determined in need of revision: Autonomy, Decision-Making Supports, and Guardianship (replacing Guardianship); Addressing the Causes of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (replacing Prevention); and Opportunities for Financial Asset Building.

The Arc’s position statements address critical issues related to human and civil rights, treatment, and services and programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 
Position statements are used to advance The Arc’s public policy goals, as well as provide a platform for our state and local chapters to gain a national perspective for what The Arc stands for.  They also serve to inform our constituency, stakeholders and the general public on the prevailing organizational view on key issues.

To review The Arc Position Statements visit www.thearc.org/who-we-are/position-statements

Above Photo: Elise McMillan, J.D., newly elected President of The Arc National Board of Directors.

The Arc Making a Difference 

In October several individuals with Down syndrome (and family members) attended the National Arc Convention in Orlando with funding from the New Mexico Down syndrome Fund. 

Read what one mother wrote about their experience, "My daughter, Sarah Wilson, and I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2016 National Convention and International Forum presented by The Arc and Inclusion International thanks to a stipend from the Isabel Gonzales Fund. The conference was a rewarding experience for both Sarah and myself. It was very exciting to have an opportunity to network with other parents and professionals and to attend the excellent workshops. I have come away from the conference with increased knowledge in a number of areas and with several goals for myself and my daughter.

Several talks concerned the HCBS setting rules. I now have a clearer understanding of how those rules will affect the program that my daughter attends and what the program will have to do to become compliant with those rules. I recognize now how important it is for me and for all parents of children with intellectual disabilities to become involved in the political process both at the state and federal level.

All of the workshops that I attended reminded me that I need to work harder at empowering my daughter to become an even stronger self-advocate. The importance of person centered planning was emphasized again and again. As a parent I need to step back more to allow my daughter to take a greater role in dictating what she wants her ISP to look like.

 Sarah was thrilled to meet the cast of Born This Way. We were both very interested in the presentations by self-advocates. It was disheartening to hear about the challenges some have faced and heartening to hear to about the successes that many have had. I came away with an incredible respect for the self-advocates, parents and professionals who devote their lives to making the world a better place for persons with intellectual disabilities."

Community Fundraiser in Anthony

On Saturday, October 8 over 200 people attended a day long fundraising event in Anthony, New Mexico that featured information booths, food, and several bands.  The event was organized by a local motorcycle club called the Road Angels.  

The Arc and the local Special Olympics group each received $1,200.  

Thank you Road Angels!  We appreciate your support!

Creating Community Awareness 

In October there were several Buddy Walks held around the state including Albuquerque, Roswell, Silver City and Las Cruces.

On November 6 a similar event, hosted by San Juan County Down Syndrome Group of Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, Shiprock, was held in Farmington with over 100 attending. 

The events provided the individuals and family members with fun networking opportunities and also created awareness about individuals with Down syndrome within the community.

The Arc Relies on Gifts and Donations

In New Mexico hundreds of individuals and families are impacted through The Arc’s programs and services.  With your help, the Arc of New Mexico will continue to be a leader in advocacy and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Please consider a year-end gift or donation:

Mail a check or make an on-line donation at https://www.arcnm.org/donate-now/

Make a United Way Contribution and designate The Arc

Donate stocks or bonds.  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

Leave a bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the assets/property you may leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that by making a bequest you are able to leave a lasting legacy for the work of The Arc.  Keep in mind that your gift can be for a specific amount, a percentage or some portion of the remainder (after family, relatives and friends have gotten their designated share).  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

Set up a memorial gift for a loved one as a lasting tribute or to a family as an expression of sympathy.  Family and friends can be recognized with a gift in their honor.  This might be for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, holiday, wedding, retirement, etc.