The Arc of Tennessee is actively involved in Governor Bill Haslam’s Employment First Task Force and facilitates monthly family support meetings around the topic of employment in each grand region of the state. The chapter also conducts workshops for local chambers of commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management on the “Business Case for Employment” to educate businesses about the benefits of hiring people with I/DD.
Betty Williams, Consumer Education and Training Coordinator for The Arc of Indiana, has been reappointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The Committee provides advice to the President and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning a broad range of topics relating to people with I/DD. Williams was also recently honored by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) with the NACDD Champions of Equal Opportunity Award. The award is given to an individual who shares and promotes NACDD’s values of self- determination, independence, productivity, and inclusion. Williams was a member of the Indiana Developmental Disabilities Commission from 1998-2013 and has been an active member in Indiana’s self-advocacy movement since its founding in 1990. She served as President of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered from 2010 to 2012 and as President of Self Advocates of Indiana from 2005 to 2010.