We Need to Hear from YOU for the Arc’s 2020 State Legislative Agenda!
Please fill out this very brief survey, telling us what the biggest concerns are for you, your family and your community organizations that should be addressed in this next legislative session.  We are looking for the most critical issues as well as any good ideas about how to address issues through state legislation around employment, housing, community supports and more.  We hope to hold some regional meetings as well to discuss locally with Arc members the draft legislative agenda.  Please fill out this brief survey and share it! 

In Chicagoland?  Check Out Fantastic Art Exhibit

Tres Fridas (3 Fridas) has been a project of Tara Ahern from the Self-Advocacy Alliance and 2 other artists with disabilities, Mariam Pare and Reveca Torres.  They are  exhibiting 16 works of art- recreations of iconic images in art, history and pop culture featuring people with disabilities- at Bridgeport Art Center. The collection includes recreations of such iconic works as Las Dos Fridas, Mona Lisa, Rosie the RiveterThe Last Supper, Whistler’s Mother, Old Guitarist, and many others. The goals of the project are to explore different facets of disability, challenge stereotypes, provide educational opportunities and share stories along the way.
The show runs until 9/22 and you can visit during business hours (Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 8 AM – 12 PM).
Bridgeport is having an open studio night next Friday, September 20th from 7 – 10 PM which is a great time to visit. The 3 Fridas (Reveca, Mariam and I) will be there during that time to answer questions and celebrate! *You can also visit the other galleries at the center too!
For reference, the exhibit is in the third floor gallery. There is an accessible entrance on the Racine side of the building (near the sculpture garden) and elevators throughout the building.
Here is a news clip about the exhibit. 

Final DOL Overtime Rule – Coming Soon, So Prepare Now! 
The Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to soon release the final version of its overtime rule, for which it had issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in March. The rule would in part dictate a new salary threshold for overtime pay of full-time salaried white collar workers. The current salary threshold before an exemption kicks in is $23,600. The Wall Street Journal shared that the release could be as soon as this month. SHRM’s suggestions that employers:

  • Evaluate potentially covered workers;
  • Review job descriptions; and
  • Develop a training and communications strategy.

SHRM further elaborates on these points online. ANCOR will let members know when final rule is issued.

Comcast Expands Eligibiliy for Internet Essentials program
This week, Comcast announced the most sweeping eligibility changes ever to our Internet Essentials program, which is the largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in America. Internet Essentials will now be available to all qualified low-income households in their service area. To be eligible, low-income applicants simply need to show they are participating in one or more of a dozen different federal assistance programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, and SSI. A full list can be found on the Internet Essentials website.