In 2011 The Arc of California and Affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy in California merged advocacy efforts into a single initiative, known as The Arc and UCP California Collaboration, dedicated to fighting California’s dramatic divestment of support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and all other developmental disabilities. This powerful partnership was formed to galvanize two of the largest membership advocacy organizations to support and strengthen a growing statewide movement committed to ensuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have every opportunity to fully participate in society and live a “life without limits”.
The Arc and UCP CA Collaboration is governed by an Executive Council with representative members from each partner. The Collaboration maintains a public policy agenda that includes legislative, budget and regulatory advocacy in support of the furtherance of each entity’s mission and ensuring the commitment of the Lanterman Act is kept for people with IDD in California. Over the years, the Collaboration has developed, and continues to have, a strong presence in the State Capitol and various departments within the Administration in order to effectively advocate for and advance the interest of people with IDD and their families.