People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families contact The Arc for information and personal support. Advocates at The Arc have the experience and knowledge to help you. Select a topic below for more information.
Ask An Advocate
The Arc can provide one-on-one advocacy and information and referral on a wide variety of topics. These include but are not limited to: Social Security Benefits, Medicaid, Mental Health Services, and Recreation.
The Arc creates connections for parents, caregivers, and siblings through networking groups and civic engagement opportunities.
Special education advocacy addresses academic issues and participation in the school community. Advocates provide coaching, strategies and information to empower parents and guardians to advocate for their family member.
Alternatives to Guardianship
When an individual turns 18, they are considered a legal adult and their own guardian whether or not they have a disability. The Arc of Western Wayne County, through partnership with The Arc of Northwest Wayne County, offers information and assistance with the many alternatives to guardianship available to families who have a member with a disability.The Guardianship Alternatives Information Network (GAIN) program offers training sessions to professionals and families on the importance of investigating alternatives to guardianship for people with disabilities. The GAIN program also offers one-on-one help from an attorney in developing and executing appropriate alternatives for each person seeking assistance.
Planning Your Future
The Arc has many different planning options that use a person-centered approach.
Self-advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and the things that matter to you. The Arc provides leadership development and public policy engagement for adults with disabilities.