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					                                                                                               Issue 4
                                                                                          Winter 2010

                                     empower                                     Real People, Real Progress
a huge success:
The Arc’s convention celebrates 60th
Thanks to all of the self-
advocates, families,
chapters, members, staff and
                                                                                        sneak peek:
professionals who came to                                                               The Arc's new face!
Orlando, Florida for The Arc’s
National Convention 2010 and                                                               There is so much more to launching
celebrated 60 years; this year’s                                                        a new brand than our logo and colors.
event was a huge success.                                                               Yet, it cannot be denied that when we
                                                                                        revealed the future of The Arc with
                                                                                        a sneak peek at The Arc’s new brand
Convention Highlights                                                                   identity and logo at Convention there
                                                                                        was great excitement and many oohs
Sprout Film Festival:                                                                   and aaahs. Plus, many chapters of The
  Convention activities kicked off on Wednesday for the Preconference from              Arc are busy getting their paperwork
The Arc and NCE. The Sprout Film Festival featured a collection of short films          prepared so they can sign on to be early
created by or starring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.         adopters when we launch the new visual
Films were screened ‘theatre style’ with popcorn, soda and concession candy.            identity in March 2011.
This event kicks off The Arc’s exciting partnership with Sprout for a National Film        Our new look and feel is an innova-
Festival highlighting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in        tive and dynamic image representing
2011. The Arc and Sprout have engaged chapters across the country to be one of          what The Arc stands for. Close your
25 communities to join this remarkable signature event of The Arc. Look for The         eyes and visualize The Arc in a whole
Arc/Sprout Film Festival in your community in 2011!                                     new way. Imagine:
                                                                                        • The Arc provides a pathway
A Gleeful Convention:                                                                   • The Arc offers support
  At the opening plenary, actors Lauren Potter and Robin Trocki from the hit TV
                                                                                        • The Arc completes a circle
show Glee were presented with The Arc’s first ever Inclusion and Image Award.
                                                                                        • The Arc leads the way
Emmy award-winning actor Jane Lynch, who plays coach Sue Sylvester on
                                                                                        • The Arc is a network
the show offered congratulations via video as we honored these two amazing
                                                                                        • The Arc offers protection
women for their positive portrayals of people with intellectual and develop-
                                                                                        • The Arc is a bridge to the future
mental disabilities. Lauren and Robin spent hours signing autographs in the
                                                                                           We are The Arc. We are not an
Exhibit Hall, graciously talked to fans and had their pictures taken, then they
                                                                                        acronym. Those who meet our organi-
joined in the evening festivities.
                                                  convention 2010 continued on page 3                  new face continued on page 3
“  Every American who
   has an intellectual
   disability and their
   family have had their
                                    looking back at a distinguished career:
                                    paul marchand retires from the arc
                                    After nearly 38 years of advocacy and action, Paul Marchand, longtime
                                    Director of The Arc's Governmental Affairs Office announced his retirement
   lives changed for the            effective on January 2, 2011.
   better by a friend

   that most have                      Paul played instrumental
                                    roles in most national dis-
   never met.                       ability policy, including the
          ― John Dickerson,         right to a free public educa-
          Executive Director,       tion (known as IDEA), and
           The Arc of Indiana       supported employment, and

empower                             played a significant role in
                                    numerous disability rights
is published quarterly by The       laws including the Americans
Arc located at 1660 L Street, NW,
                                    with Disabilities Act, the Civil
Suite 301, Washington, D.C.
20036.                              Rights for Institutionalized
                                    Persons Act and Baby Doe.
Officers:                              The Arc and UCP have appointed               Seminar, a popular annual event which now
                                    Marty Ford as Acting Staff Director of the      has five additional national disability partner
Mohan Mehra                         Disability Policy Collaboration (DPC).          groups. He is the recipient of numerous
Cortlandt Manor, NY                 Marty is taking over upon Paul's departure      national awards and was named by the
                                    to ensure a seamless transition of leader-      National Historic Preservation Trust on
Vice President                      ship in our shared public policy office.        Mental Retardation as one of thirty four indi-
Nancy Webster
                                       A strong believer in collaborations and      viduals who made significant contributions
Indian Head Park, IL
                                    coalitions, Paul served for twenty-five         in the 20th century.
Secretary                           consecutive years as the Chairman of the          “In his four decades of work with The Arc,
Michael Mack                        Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities       Paul has had a major role in every policy
Silver Spring, MD                   (CCD). CCD has grown from a handful of          development in this country that affects
                                    national disability organizations to over 110   people with intellectual disabilities and
Ron Brown                           organizations and is a powerful voice in our    their families. If you receive SSI or SSDI, use
Round Rock, TX                      nation’s capital.                               Medicaid for health care, or community-
                                       He also helped create and has directed       based supports, attend public school, utilize
Immediate Past President            the Disability Policy Collaboration, a          vocational rehabilitation to find employ-
Lynne A. Cleveland
                                    project of The Arc and United Cerebral          ment, were able to move out of an institu-
Houston, TX
                                    Palsy since it was formed eight years           tion for a life in the community, enjoy the
Chief Executive Officer             ago. Paul is a cofounder of the American        same rights as every other American – Paul
Peter V. Berns                      Association for People with Disabilities and    touched your life in these and so many
                                    has represented The Arc on several other        other areas,” said John Dickerson, Executive
Editor                              boards of directors.                            Director of The Arc of Indiana.
Laura Hart
                                       The lives of children and adults with          Paul often repeated that his greatest
                                    intellectual and developmental disabili-        achievements included building and main-
Mission Statement
                                    ties and their families improved markedly       taining a highly respected policy staff and
The Arc promotes and protects       during his tenure. A self described “lifer”     an ability to explain complicated federal
the human rights of people with
                                    in the national disability empowerment          laws and policies in simple terms readily
intellectual and developmental
disabilities and actively           movement, Paul also served for five years       understood by family members and self-
supports their full inclusion       as the Executive Director of The Arc of         advocates.
and participation in the            Northern Rhode Island.
community throughout their
                                                                                      “On behalf of The Arc, we are grateful for
lifetimes.                             He has actively participated in the last     his inestimable contributions to our move-
                                    43 national conventions of The Arc. Paul        ment. We wish him much success on his
                                    developed The Arc’s Disability Policy           future endeavors; his talents and humor will
                                                                                                         marchand continued on page 6
convention 2010 continued from page 1

1. Robin Trocki and Lauren Potter, Glee, honored with the Inclusion and Image Award. 2. Dancing at the Fabulous Florida Sunset Party.
3. Civil Rights Music Session.

The Arc of Florida:                          passed Rosa’s Law and the pen used by         Autism Now Overview:
  The Arc of Florida held their annual       President Obama to sign it will hang in      This year’s Convention saw the
convention in conjunction with               The Arc’s national office in Washington,  launch of Autism NOW!, a national
ours to make it a very special event.        D.C. thanks to Paul.                      autism resource and information
Approximately 250 self-advocates from                                                  center to be funded by a $1.87 mil-
Florida came in for the day on Thursday      Special Guests:                           lion grant from the Administration
and kept things going well into the            We were honored to hear from            on Developmental Disabilities. Ann
night at the Fabulous Florida Sunset         Sharon Lewis, the Commissioner            Cameron Caldwell and Tonia Ferguson
Party. In honor of The Arc’s 60th anni-      for the U.S. Administration on            from The Arc laid out the plans for a
versary celebration, The Arc of Florida      Developmental Disabilities, Melody        four-year initiative which will provide
served towering “cakes” made of indi-        Musgrove, the Director of the Office of   new resources and opportunities for
vidual cupcakes.                             Special Education Programs for the U.S. people with ASD and other develop-
                                             Department of Education and Kathy         mental disabilities.
Lasting Legacy: An Evening to Cel-           Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for the
ebrate the Career of Paul Marchand           Administration on Aging. These three      A Taste of the Rockies:
  At the Closing Banquet we honored          prominent members of the federal             The Chapters of The Arc in Colorado
Paul Marchand for 38 years of service        departments overseeing a large portion cordially invited everyone connected
to The Arc. A surprise guest, mayor-         of services for people with intellectual  with The Arc to join them in Denver in
elect of Washington, D.C. and former         and developmental disabilities shared     2011 for the next national convention.
Executive Director of the D.C. chapter       information on our government’s plans We’ll be “achieving new heights” a little
of The Arc Vincent Gray popped in to         for the future and reassured us that they earlier next year, so go ahead and make
wish Paul well. The evening was filled       are very interested in listening to our   your plans to attend September 14-16,
with humorous stories and senti-             concerns as we move forward with the      2011. See you in Denver! 
mental praise for Paul and all he has        implementation of new policy.
done for people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities. When it
was his turn at the microphone, Paul           Thanks again to our Convention sponsors Mutual of America, MetLife,
surprised everyone by presenting a gift        Hammer Travel, Essential Learning, Blackbaud, 501 (C) Agencies Trust,
to immediate past president of The Arc         The HSC Foundation, Diversified Nonprofit Services, Orion Security,
Lynne Cleveland and Peter Berns, CEO           Social Solutions and AGS.
of The Arc. A framed copy of recently-

new face continued from page 1
zation and those we serve will know what we stand for: we           respect and access for people with I/DD.
are the leading advocates for people with intellectual and            If you would like to know more about The Arc’s new,
developmental disabilities (I/DD).                                  exciting visual identity, contact Trudy Jacobson, Chief
  The Arc is driven by opportunity – the opportunity for            Development and Marketing Officer at
hope, for growth and for change. We strengthen individuals          And stay tuned for March 1, 2011, when the whole new brand
and their families and connect them across our national             will be launched.
network of community based chapters. The Arc fosters
                                                                                           Members of the national board
    heavy hitters come on board for 2010:                                                of The Arc share a deep commit-
                                                                                         ment to people with intellectual and

    lynne cleveland paves the way                                                        developmental disabilities (I/DD).
                                                                                         This diverse group of volunteer
                                                                                         leaders brings their expertise, vision
    for future success                                                                   and passion to guide the organiza-
                                                                                         tion toward achieving new heights.
                                                                                           Welcome incoming Board mem-
    In November, The Arc welcomed new members to the national                            bers of The Arc for joining us in
    board and thanked outgoing members for their dedication and                          charting a course for the future!
    service. This dynamism of the new members is reflected in
                                                                                         M.J. Bartelmay, Hermitage, PA.
    their personal and professional background as leaders in their                       Immediate Past President of The Arc of
    communities and as parents. The new board includes: a vice                           Pennsylvania. Elected to a second term
    president of one of the world’s leading investment groups, a former                  on the Board.
    Policy Director in the U.S. Senate, a corporate attorney, a Special                  Barbara Coppens, Cherry Hill, NJ,
                                                                                         Self-Advocate, Advocate Assistant with
    Needs Executive with MetLife, a coach with the Washington                            Disability Rights New Jersey.
    Redskins football team and other notable new members.                                Hugh M. Evans, CFA, Baltimore, MD.
                                                                                         Vice President of T. Rowe Price Group,
                                               to a day when abuse, institutionaliza-    Connie Garner, Ph.D., Burke, VA. Policy
                                               tion and segregation have ended.”         Director with the law firm of Foley Hoag
                                                 “Through Lynne’s inspired leader-       LLP. Former Policy Director, Special
                                               ship, The Arc has paved a clear course    Populations for the Senate Committee on
                                               for the future. During her tenure, we     Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
                                                                                         (HELP) where she worked closely with
                                               have devised a Strategic Framework        the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
                                               for the Future of The Arc 2010-2019.
                                                                                         Thomas A. Judd, Minneapolis,
                                               Moreover, The Arc is on its firmest       Minnesota. Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron
                                               financial footing in years and we are     P.A.
                                               poised to launch a new powerful
                                                                                         Joe Meadours, Sacramento, CA. Self-
                                               brand identity. The Arc is on the         Advocate and Executive Director of
                                               upswing with our Chapters and we are      People First of California. Elected to a
                                               on the move,” said Peter V. Berns, CEO    second term on the Board.
                                               of The Arc.                               Pat Napoliello, San Francisco. Founder
                                                 The Arc announced incoming              of the California Alliance for Inclusive
                                               Officers to the Board.                    Communities and former President of
                                                                                         The Arc of San Francisco. Elected to a
                                                 President: Mohan Mehra served
                                                                                         second term on the Board.
                                               as Secretary of The Arc and has been
                                                                                         Kurt Rutzen, Minneapolis, MN. Self-
                                               a member of the Board of Directors
                                                                                         Advocate. Program Specialist for the
                                               since 2004.                               University of Minnesota Institute on
       The Arc owes special gratitude to         Vice President: Nancy Webster, who      Community Integration’s Research and
    Lynne A. Cleveland who has served as       has served on the Board since 2002.       Training Center on Community Living.
    the President of the national board of       Treasurer: Ron Brown has served on      Lou Spanos, Pittsburgh, PA.
    The Arc since October, 2008 and has        the Board since 2006.                     Linebackers coach for the Washington
    served on the Board of Directors of          Secretary for the Board: Michael        Redskins. Previously spent 16 sea-
                                                                                         sons as a defensive assistant with the
    The Arc since 2000. She has long been      Mack, who previously served as Vice
                                                                                         Pittsburgh Steelers.
    dedicated to advancing the rights of       President and as Treasurer.
    people with I/DD.                            The Arc is also grateful our outgoing
      In summing up her service and her        Board members: Kim Brown, Shirley         Doug Church, Oak Hill, VA. Chairman of
                                                                                         Virginia Heritage Bank.
    hopes for The Arc, Lynne said, “We         Dove, Bill Dusold, Chester Finn, Janet
    have the potential to change lives – we    Albert-Herman, Cindy Johnson,             Kelly Piacenti, Chester, NJ. Director of
                                               Mary V. Jordan and Deb Seman, NCE         the MetLife Center for Special Needs
    have the power to change history. The
    Arc is a leading force that will lead us   Representative to the Board.
                                                                                         Stacy Taylor, San Diego, CA. Partner in
                                                                                         the international law firm DLA Piper.
  taking care of getting there                                                                            are knowledgeable about
                                                                                                          and sensitive to the chal-
                                                                                                                                                              disabilities for more than 85
                                                                                                                                                              years. Hammer Travel worked
                                                                                                          lenges their patrons face                           with Sybil to make the trip
  Getting from here to there – most of us take it for                                                     in situations that are taken                        as hassle-free and enjoyable
  granted. We book a flight, jump behind the wheel of                                                     for granted by the average                          as possible by assuring her
  a car, or catch the next train to anywhere we would                                                     traveling public. Earlier this                      a safe flight to and from the
  like to go. The world can suddenly become very small                                                    year, The Arc partnered with                        Convention, arranging for a
  when we are free to travel to see new places, meet new                                                  Hammer Travel LLC to pro-                           wheelchair-accessible van,
  people and experience new things.                                                                       vide such services for people                       accessible hotel room once
                                                                                                          with I/DD who wanted to                             she got on the ground in
                                                                                                          attend The Arc’s National                           Florida and providing staff
                                                      Communication with reser-                           Convention in Orlando, FL.                          support during her trip.
                                                      vation agents can be trying.                          From this year’s                                     With travel obstacles
                                                      Assistance can be difficult to                      Convention came the per-                            overcome, Sybil was able
                                                      come by and schedules can                           fect example of how the                             to attend the Convention,
                                                      seem unworkable for those                           ability to travel freely can                        network and be inspired by
                                                      who need more time to get                           impact the life of someone                          her peers. She even fit in a
                                                      from point A to point B.                            with a disability. Sybil, a                         mini-vacation exploring Sea
                                                         On a daily basis The Arc                         70-year-old advocate from                           World and Disney’s Animal
                                                      advocates for the full inclu-                       Massachusetts, asked her                            Kingdom. Sybil was able to
                                                      sion of people with I/DD,                           local chapter, The Arc of                           take advantage of a unique
    For some, however, all the                        fighting for the kind of access                     Northern Bristol County to                          opportunity to join in with
 world has to offer can seem                          which gives them the power                          help her get to Florida for the                     other disability advocates on
 tantalizingly out of reach. For                      to achieve full and satisfying                      Convention. They quickly                            a national level and fully par-
 people with intellectual and                         lives. The ability to travel                        pointed her to Hammer                               ticipate in an event that was
 developmental disabilities,                          independently, without                              Travel, a nonprofit providing                       important to her. 
 who sometimes have accom-                            restriction goes a long way                         services to individuals with

 panying physical disabili-                           toward accomplishing that
 ties, travel is not nearly as                        mission. Travel gives people
 simple as just packing up and                        a certain freedom which                                    “We believe that travel should be available to everyone. New
 heading out.                                         allows for more self-determi-                              friends, new challenges and new experiences are just part
                                                                                                                 of what travel has to offer,” said Josh Senso, Co-Director of

    For people with I/DD, it                          nation in what activities they
 can be a complex and frus-                           pursue.                                                    Hammer Travel, the official travel partner of The Arc’s National
 trating process. Airplanes,                             Thankfully, there are com-                              Convention. For information on Hammer Travel, please visit:
 trains and buses can be only                         panies who specialize in                          or call 1-877-345-8599.
 marginally accommodating.                            making travel easier. They

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    the arc celebrates                                                                  who has Down syndrome, self-
                                                                                        advocates William Washington (The

    the signing of rosa's law                                                           Arc’s national office receptionist),
                                                                                        Jill Egle (Co-Executive Director, The
                                                                                        Arc of Northern Virginia) and Jeremy
    It started with a 9-year-old girl and her teenage brother from                      Jacobson (son of The Arc’s Chief
    Edgewater, Maryland who said “what you call people is how you                       Development and Marketing Officer
                                                                                        Trudy Jacobson) all of whom joined
    treat them. If we change the words, maybe it will be the start of a
                                                                                        Paul Marchand, Staff Director of the
    new attitude toward people with disabilities.”
                                                                                        Disability Policy Collaboration, a
                                                                                        partnership of The Arc and UCP     .
      On October 8, Rosa Marcellino                                                        “This is a huge victory for self-
    and her family joined 150 people                                                    advocates and an important stepping
    at the White House including staff                                                  stone for shaping future legislation,”
    from The Arc, disability rights                                                     Marchand said. The Arc was
    activists, government officials                                                     instrumental in the passage of Rosa’s
    and singer-songwriter Stevie                                                        Law by galvanizing support across the
    Wonder to witness President                                                         nation and through vigorous advocacy.
    Obama sign the Twenty-First                                                            Self-advocates and The Arc have led
    Century Communications and                                                          the effort to get the bill enacted as part
    Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and                                                 of a nationwide effort to remove the
    celebrate Rosa’s Law which was                                                      stigma of the “r-word.” The majority of
    signed into law on October 5.                                                       states have altered their terminology
      Rosa Marcellino, who has Down                                                     in state laws and in the names of state
    syndrome is the inspiration for                                                     agencies that serve this population.
    this new law to remove the words                                                       Jill Egle lobbied on behalf of The
    “mentally retarded” from most                                                       Arc of Northern Virginia to change
    federal health, education and labor                                                 terminology in that state’s laws. “As
    statutes. The phrase “intellectual         the Senate. The law is modeled after     a self-advocate, passing Rosa’s Law
    disability” will replace the existing      a similar one enacted in the state of    sends a powerful message that people
    terminology. The legislation does not      Maryland in 2009 with her support.       with intellectual and developmental
    cover entitlement programs, such as          A delegation from The Arc attended     disabilities deserve respect. We want
    SSI, Medicare, Medicaid and Social         the White House event to celebrate       the same things everyone wants
    Security.                                  Rosa’s Law, including The Arc of         and deserve to live full lives in the
      Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)          Maryland board member Michael            community just like everyone else, Egle
    was the lead sponsor of Rosa’s Law in      McLaughlin and his daughter Erin,        said.” 

    marchand continued from page 2                                                              Save the Date
    be greatly missed. As Paul’s deputy, Marty has been mentored for            2011 Disability Policy Seminar
    over the last 26 years; we are very pleased that Marty will assume          February 14 – 16, 2011
    this critical position. As one of the nation’s leading advocates
                                                                                                           Grand Hyatt
    on issues that impact our constituency, she will ensure that our                                       Washington
    voices are heard,” said Peter V. Berns, The Arc’s CEO.                                                 Washington, DC
      Paul will still be involved in DPC initiatives over the next few
                                                                                                           *Please note this is a
    months including the upcoming Disability Policy Seminar in                                             new location.
    Washington, D.C. February 14-16, where he will again be hon-
    ored by his peers at a special event. Paul will then join wife Cristy                                  Tuesday evening
                                                                                                           includes a celebration
    in New Mexico, supporting her career move from long time                                               of Paul Marchand’s
    Executive Director of The Arc of Maryland to Executive Director                                        lasting legacy upon his
    with the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning                                                retirement.
    Council in Santa Fe. The Arc wishes the two of them much hap-
                                                                                Go to for more
    piness in their new surroundings as they embark on a new and
    exciting adventure. 
the ambassador's council:                                                           Jim Gardner (1990-1992), Quincy
                                                                                  Abbott (1996-1998), Leo Bergreen
powering the arc with experience                                                  (2004-2006), Mary V. Jordan (2006-
                                                                                  2008), Lynne A. Cleveland (2008-2010)
                                                                                  and Mohan Mehra (2010-2012) met,
                                                                                  aptly enough in the Presidential
The passion is still there. As strong as when they each accepted                  Suite. As one of Cleveland’s last offi-
the biggest volunteer mantle The Arc could bestow upon them                       cial duties she officially launched the
— President of the National Board of Directors of The Arc of the                  Ambassador’s Council as an advisory
United States. For the first time, four past presidents along with                group to the Board. Their talents, expe-
the current sitting President of The Arc and the President about to rience and institutional knowledge will
                                                                                  be enlisted by The Arc in order to focus
occupy the office, joined at The Arc’s 2010 National Convention.                  on our many new initiatives, especially
This most exclusive club gathered to share ideas and concepts                     as it relates to growing our donor base,
about how their years of experience could continue to be an asset                 and aligned with that our volunteer
and enable The Arc to become stronger and more sustainable.                       leadership.
                                                                                    The Council provides an opportunity
                                                                                  for these leaders to collectively build
  Armed with decades of deep           strength of leadership will remain         their legacy in chapters, in leadership
institutional knowledge, this group    intact now and for the future. This        as well as in solidifying our financial
comprises a brain trust for the orga-  distinguished group brings a depth         footing. Those gathered were most
nization. They recognized that it was  of commitment and appreciation for         appreciative of the opportunity to be
time to officially create a leadership what has been accomplished and all         asked to be a part of the workings of
council composed of past presidents    that still remains in order for The Arc to this incredible organization and to
of The Arc in order to assure that the be successful in its mission.              again put their passion into purpose. 

boycott of a haunted house                                                             priate uses of the property should be
                                                                                       considered, such as the placement
                                                                                       of a university, health care facility, or
The Arc, The Arc of Pennsylvania, The Arc of Chester County,                           community park, for example. Any
and hundreds of advocates for people with intellectual and                             so-called haunted attraction, espe-
developmental disabilities (I/DD) in neighboring states banded                         cially one that profits from negative
together to call for a boycott of a haunted house attraction on                        stereotypes of people with intellectual
the former site of the Pennhurst State School that opened in late                      and developmental disabilities, is
September.                                                                             simply not acceptable to The Arc of
   Pennhurst, situated on a 110-acre         plans guided by family members.             Developer Richard Chakejian and
site in suburban Philadelphia, was             Recently, the site was transformed      his partner Randy Bates targeted
forced to close in 1987 in the wake of       by two developers into a commer-          customers between 12 and 20 years
allegations that residents had been          cial horror house attraction called       old. Plans included an electro-shock
abused, neglected, beaten, and sexu-         “Pennhurst Asylum” to coincide with       therapy scene with a Frankenstein-like
ally assaulted. The Arc of Pennsylvania      Halloween. Advocates from The Arc         monster and an autopsy room con-
was a key plaintiff in the litigation that   of Pennsylvania, The Arc of Chester       taining some artifacts found on the
resulted in Pennhurst’s closure to stop      County and other disability rights        property.
overcrowding and abuse.                      activists joined to condemn the attrac-      “Pennhurst Asylum” exploits the suf-
   The closing sparked the pro-              tion for glorifying one of our nation’s   fering that took place there and under-
cess of deinstitutionalization and           most notorious state institutions.        mines meaningful efforts to eradicate
the remaining 460 patients from                In a public statement, The Arc of       stereotypes and negative perceptions
Pennhurst were discharged to live in         Pennsylvania said, “With respect to the   that persist in society against people
the community, transferred to other          vacant Pennhurst lot and buildings,       with disabilities,” said Peter V. Berns,
facilities or provided with treatment        we believe only tasteful and appro-       CEO of The Arc. 
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