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The Arc of Fredrick County – Maryland
The Arc of Frederick County helps people with developmental disabilities to live enviable lives. This is accomplished by providing services, advocacy, and creating supportive communities.
FACTS ABOUT THE ARC OF FREDERICK COUNTY
The Arc of Frederick County provides individually designed support services and collaborates with the community to build inclusive programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Founded by parents in 1958 because community programs for children and adults with disabilities did not exist, The Arc continues to be a leader in advocacy efforts and the creation of new services for families today. The Arc of Frederick County supports more than 600 people each year.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ARC INCLUDE…
– Information and Referral services for anyone who contacts The Arc and needs connections to community resources Residential Supports for children and adults in their family’s home, their own home, and to learn the skills to transition to their own home Employment Supports for adults and transitioning students to locate careers based on their passions, talents, and personal interests
– Futures and Estate Planning to help parents plan for their child’s needs and where they will live, when parents are no longer around to help. – – – Sibling Supports including workshops and support groups for brothers and sisters of children and adults with developmental disabilities
– Service Coordination for children with autism
– Hispanic Outreach to further our efforts among the growing Spanish speaking population in Frederick County
– Educational advocacy to partner with families and schools to promote effective education for each child
– Real World weekends to support adults with independent living skills challenges that will prepare someone to move into their own home
– Training seminars for self-advocates, parents, siblings, professionals, and other community members covering topics such as school advocacy, creative employment options, and navigation through social service systems
– Funding Conduit Services where people are in charge of hiring their own staff
– Parents Day Out Parents – Provides much needed respite care to parents and guardians of children with developmental disabilities. The program, offered each month free of charge, is held one Saturday a month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in The Arc’s training room. On those Saturdays, the training room magically evolves into a playroom full of toys, games, books, and laughter. Children can participate in a wide variety of activities including crafts, games, and outdoor play while in a safe, supervised environment.
– Support Groups for self-advocates and families Classes at FCC, Delaplaine Arts Center, Adult Basic Education, etc.