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Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a national provider of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently gave Brookeville resident Marty Ford its Bethesda Voices Public Policy Award.

“This award is a great honor,” Ford said in a press release. “We have always felt in Washington that for public policy related to disabilities, nothing of real importance moves forward if it isn’t bipartisan. We need everybody to make something work. We all need to stick together and move forward together.”

Ford, the director of Public Policy for The Arc of the United States, is regarded as a champion of progressive public policy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Marty is a recognized leader in federal public policy affecting people with disabilities, including long-term services and supports, Medicaid and Social Security,” John E. Bauer, president and CEO of Bethesda Lutheran Communities, said in the release. “She has elevated discussions on disability policy issues, generating greater understanding and communication between government leaders and the public.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Ford leads a team representing The Arc on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies. She is involved with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and continues to serve as the organization’s immediate past chairperson. A member of the American Bar Association, Ford has served on the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law and the Commission on Law and Aging.