INDIANAPOLIS - Recently retired Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville), and Indiana State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and were honored with The Arc of the United States 2017 Public Policy Victory of the Year Award at their annual Catalyst Awards program on November 3, 2017.
Sen. Kenley and Representative Brown were recognized for their leadership in increasing funds in the state budget to allow for wage increases for direct support professionals who provide critical supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"It is a privilege and an honor to receive this award. The Arc has done so much to engage and help further the ability of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve success and contribute in valuable ways to society," Kenley said. I have worked with The Arc and the individuals they represent throughout my career, and I am so honored to be included as a supporter of their efforts. If we all contributed as much of ourselves to making a better world, the world would be a better place."
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Indiana is the affiliated state chapter of The Arc US.
"Both Sen. Kenley and Rep. Brown are long-time champions of issues important to people with I/DD. Together they spearheaded the effort in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly to provide $20 million in the state budget, which will draw down another $40 million of federal dollars, to allow for increasing the hourly wage of DSPs," said Kim Dodson, The Arc of Indiana executive director said. "Their efforts will make a difference in the lives of hard working DSPs and the individuals they serve. Both The Arc of Indiana and The Arc of the United States are grateful for their efforts and proud to recognize their leadership with the Public Policy Victory of the Year."