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  • Advocacy

    The Arc advocates against indifference. The Arc educates the community about receiving, embracing, and engaging people with cognitive and intellectual impairments in all facets of community life through case advocacy and support, resource and skills development, and educational workshops or forums.

    Advocacy By Definition:

    Advocacy n. 1. Active support as of a cause, idea or policy.

    Advocate n. 1. A person who argues for a cause; supporter or defender. 2. A person who pleads in another's behalf; intercessor.

    The Arc of Mecklenburg County has been advocating with and for people with developmental disabilities for over fifty years. Advocacy can take many forms. It can be as simple as one parent helping another find a dentist or as complex as influencing legislation through a large grass-roots letter writing campaign.

    Advocacy is what The Arc does best. The Arc provides advocacy to people with disabilities and their families. The advocacy varies but usually includes assistance in accessing services, reporting abuse, special education rights, community resources, benefits information, and parent support. Volunteers and staff from The Arc work to inform the community about disabilities and often sit on numerous committees, working groups, planning boards and advisory councils. By sitting on the various committees and boards, The Arc perspective is brought to the table so that people with developmental disabilities will be represented when and where decisions are being made. Information that is learned in these activities is then shared with members of The Arc throughout the region.

    The Arc strongly advocates for policies, state and federal legislation that is consistent with the Core Values and Position Statements of The Arc.

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    Below are lists of Commissioners, Senators, and Representatives and their contact information so you can easily reach them for disability and legislative action.

Mecklenburg County Commissioners

  • Trevor Fuller, Chair

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  • Dumont Clarke, Vice Chair

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  • Pat Cotham, Commissioner At Large

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  • Karen Bentley

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  • George Dunlap

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  • Vilma Leake

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  • Matthew Ridenhour

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  • Bill James

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NC Senate Members

  • Jeff Jackson, District 37

    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1104
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: 919-715-8331
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  • Joel Ford, District 38

    16 W. Jones Street Room 1119
    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
    Phone: 919-733-5955
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  • Bob Rucho, District 39

    300 N. Salisbury Street Room 300A
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: 919-733-5655
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  • Joyce Waddell, District 40

    300 N. Salisbury Street Suite 515
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: 919-733-5650
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  • Jeff Tarte, District 41

    16 W. Jones St. Room 2108
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    Phone: 919-715-3050
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NC House of Representatives

United States Senate

  • Senator Richard Burr

    217 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202-224-3154
    www.burr.senate.gov

  • Senator Thom Tillis

    G55 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: 202-224 6342
    www.tillis.senate.gov

House of Representatives

  • Representative Richard Hudson, District 8

    429 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: 202-225-3715
    www.hudson.house.gov

  • Representative Robert Pittenger, District 9

    224 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: 202-225-1976
    Fax: 202-225-3389
    www.pittenger.house.gov

  • Representative Alma Adams, District 12

    222 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515-3312
    Phone: 202-225-1510
    Fax: 202-225-1512
    www.adams.house.gov