L’Arche Visits the White House

Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition meets with White House

Steve Keener and Eileen Schofield of L'Arche meet with Claudia Gordon, Liaison to the Disability Community, White House Office of Public Engagement.

Steve Keener and Eileen Schofield of L’Arche meet with Claudia Gordon, Liaison to the Disability Community, White House Office of Public Engagement.

L’Arche representatives Steve Keener and Eileen Schofield joined the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) March 10 to speak with White House officials about how faith groups can work with the President to empower Americans with disabilities.

Melissa Rogers, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives and Claudia Gordon, Liaison to the Disability Community, White House Office of Public Engagement, met with 24 people representing 17 religious organizations.

“L’Arche is right in the middle of this discussion about faith and disability,” Steve Keener shared.  “At L’Arche, people with and without disabilities live together in the same homes, eat together, and pray together.  U.S. disability services are moving away from communal homes and away from small organizations toward large organizations funded through managed care.  It is important that people with disabilities continue to have the choice of living in faith communities like L’Arche.”

IDAC, of which L’Arche USA is a member, will continue to work with the White House to address issues facing people with disabilities. In addition, IDAC will be providing new materials to help local religious groups provide support for people with disabilities in October.