53 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, James Frank, Mac Thornberry, Greg Abbott

Provide services for the 153,551 Texans with disabilities on waiting lists

In Texas, there are currently 153,551 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on waiting lists to receive services through different Medicaid waiver programs. Those on waiting lists are denied services paid for by Medicaid which may include: physical and specialized therapies, supported employment, adaptive aids such as wheelchairs, medical supplies, day programs, respite care, speech and language pathology, transition service assistance, and so much more. Texas continues to sit at the bottom of the ranking for removing people with disabilities from waiting lists. Our most current number shows there are 153,551 individuals with I/DD in Texas waiting for services. That's just about all of the population of Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Vernon, Iowa Park, Holliday, Henrietta, Electra, and Petrolia!  To see a visual comparison of other states from 2016, click on the following link: this graphic, you will see that in 2016, Texas was home to over 46% of people on waiting lists out of our entire country. At The Arc of Wichita County, we encounter people on a daily basis that are on waiting lists and we can see the negative impact this has on their lives. Our hope is that by bringing this to light, that those with disabilities in our area along with the other 153,000+ people in Texas will be moved off of the waiting lists and receive the support so desperately needed. Serious change has to take place for the waiting list to be significantly reduced, and the only way that is possible will be for the I/DD community to speak up!  Thank you and be sure to spread the word!     Sources: 

The Arc of Wichita County
2,547 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Timothy Hill, Paul Bailey, Rusty Crowe, Frank Niceley, Jon Lundberg

Block Bill HB1280/SB1428 in Tennessee

Passing HB1280/SB1428 will negatively impact the health & wellbeing of all Tennesseans because it will prevent the expansion of Medicaid federally when approximately 460,000 people are currently uninsured. For Northeast TN it presents a larger, more immediate danger in that Ballad Health already exists as a medical monopoly governed by a COPA that granted antitrust immunity from federal laws (FTC).  If this Bill passes, federal dollars from Medicaid will be given to the State of Tennessee through block grants therefore limiting the jurisdiction of the federal government. As a result, Ballad Health would have even fewer checks and balances. As a healthcare system that controls an average of 78% of all in-patient healthcare (>95% in the urban areas) and as the largest employer in the region with over 15,000 employees, Ballad Health has a tremendous amount of power over the people with very little consequences for its actions already. Passing this bill will only increase this power and put the people at greater risk.  The people of Tennessee need to you to help them get/stay insured, have access to quality healthcare choices, and be able to afford that care.  Sign the petition and let our State Representatives & Senators know that we do NOT want this legislation passed.  Note: Donating on this site DOES NOT support the cause. It only "promotes" this petition for more signatures.

Dani Cook
3,120 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Florida State House, Florida State Senate

End the wait for Floridians with Developmental Disabilities

For more information, visit and our Facebook page What is the problem? There are approximately 22,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities (DD) on a waitlist to receive services from Florida's iBudget DD Medicaid Waiver. The Florida's iBudget provides homes and community-based services that support daily activities of living, personal, medical, and dental care. Many have been waiting in excess of 5 years. Although there has been recent additional funding to address this on-going issue, additional funding is urgently needed to make sustained progress to further reduce the iBudget Waiver waitlist. Who does this impact? The vast majority of people with DD live with their family. Without iBudget support, caring for individuals with DD can be very expensive and time consuming. Caregivers may have less time available to be employed with they are providing such assistance, and reducing their ability to save for future financial needs. Studies have found that two-thirds of Florida's caregivers earn less than $15,000 per year (Andresen et al., 2008), yet estimated direct costs for caring for their loved one with DD is $8,000 per year, a figure which rises to over $25,000 when including potential loss from their reduced earnings/labor force participation and reduced future income (Stabile & Allin, 2012). Under the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with DD may be entitled to receive home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment and most integrated settings. Keeping these individuals on the waitlist for years may not only violate their right to access these services (Diament, 2016), but also hinder their capacity, growth, and motivation to pursue a fulfilling life. How does Florida compare to other states? Of 50 US states, Florida ranks 49th in spending for intellectual and developmental disability services. Florida's fiscal effort for DD services has decreased 10% since 2007 (Braddock et al., 2017). Recommended solution Increased funding to substantively reduce the iBudget waitlist will result in Floridians with DD and their families having appropriate supports to prosper and fully enjoy inclusive community life. We are petitioning for: 1) A sustained financial commitment to effectively reduce the waitlist by 10% each year and to address this ongoing backlog. 2) Reduce the age requirement for category 4 caregivers from 70 to 65. 3) Fund categories 3 (intensive needs) and 4 as a matter of urgency.   Sources: 1. Andresen, E., Hall, A., DeFries E., & Ali, A. (2008). Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) waiver program wait list survey. Retrieved from Florida Office on Disability and Health, Stabile, M., & Allin, S. (2012). The economic costs of childhood disability. The Future of Children, 22, 65-96.3. Braddock, D., Hemp, R., Rizzolo, M.C., Tanis, E.S., Wu, J., & Haffer, L. (2017). The State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: 2017. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.4. Diament, M. (2016, August 30). Waiting list placements may violate ADA. Disability Scoop. Retrieved from

Florida's DD Waitlist Campaign
2,800 supporters