We connect with legislators, train self-advocates, provide information and referral services, support families in crisis, develop local chapters, and more. We have fiercely advocated for waiver reform, and ensured stakeholders have a seat at the table where policy is discussed. In 2016 we will continue to advance our critically important mission:
It is our turn to continue the work of the heroes who came before us. The Arc of Virginia needs your help to carry on our important legacy of advocating for the rights and full inclusion of children and adults with developmental disabilities. We hope you will join us in advocating for A Life Like Yours for Virginians with developmental disabilities as we work to strengthen and sustain this all too important civil rights movement.
Jamie Liban has served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Virginia since 2007. As Executive Director, Jamie engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of The Arc with the Governor, Virginia General Assembly and various state and federal agencies. Her areas of responsibility include organizational management, strategic advancement, legislative advocacy, public policy analysis, legal advocacy and promoting best practices in I/DD services. Jamie is passionate about advancing the rights and full inclusion of all Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has dedicated the last decade to pursuit of the vision of “A Life Like Yours.”
As Executive Director of The Arc of Virginia, Jamie’s advocacy has been instrumental in increasing opportunities for community integration, independence and self-determination for Virginians with I/DD. Beginning in 2007, Jamie coordinated a campaign to promote Virginia’s transition to a community based system which culminated in the Commonwealth’s decision to close four of the five state operated institutions for people with I/DD. Jamie played a critical role in providing stakeholder feedback to the Department of Justice during their investigation and litigation of U.S v Virginia, which resulted in a landmark, 10-year civil rights agreement receiving national attention. As a direct result of The Arc’s advocacy, the General Assembly has approved more than 3,000 I/DD Waiver slots for individuals and families on the I/DD Waiver waiting lists and an additional 1,800 are required to come online by 2021. Jamie has also been actively involved in the establishment of numerous, large coalitions which helped to advance these and other civil right issues affecting Virginians with I/DD including the Virginia Alliance for Community, the U.S. v Virginia Stakeholder Coalition and Coalition for Improving Student Safety.
During Jamie’s tenure as Executive Director, she and The Arc of Virginia received numerous recognitions at the state and national levels for its advocacy on behalf of Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2012, we received The Arc of the United States’ “Advocacy Matters” Award for our advocacy efforts related to the U.S. v Virginia settlement agreement. In 2012, Jamie was also the recipient of the Hope House Foundation Community Award, the Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants’ Community Champion Award and The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Rusty Garth Advocacy Award. In 2011, she was named one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40” and in 2009, she was the recipient of the Collaborations Leadership Award presented by Virginia Association of Professionals in Supported Employment, Virginia Rehabilitation Association and vaACCSES.
Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from James Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from George Mason University.
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