Every family is unique and has needs different from every other family, particularly if that child has a disability. The Arc’s Family Support Program offers a variety of services to help meet these needs.
Coordinator of Family Services
Phone: (703) 730-3124
Several times a year, The Arc provides training workshops that provide information and resources to assist families on topics such as waivers, vision therapy, advocacy, and much more. In addition, The Arc sponsors the annual Circle of Support Conference, an all-day event that offers a keynote speaker, nearly 60 workshops in three sessions, exhibitors and vendors, on-site childcare and much more for a reasonable registration fee. The conference is usually held on the 1st Saturday in November. Our November 5, 2016, conference will feature Jonathan Mooney – an author, activist, and speaker who has LD/ADHD.
Respite Care and Parents’ Night Out
The respite care program offers well-trained providers for children with disabilities on an as-needed basis. Care is provided in the home of the parent or provider; grant funding allows us to subsidize the cost of this care. At this time, we are not a respite provider under the Medicaid Waiver.
One afternoon or evening a month, Parents’ Night Out provides care for children with disabilities and their siblings at the Muriel Humphrey Center. Parents can enjoy an evening out with their spouse, go shopping, or just rest at home knowing their children are well-cared for in a safe environment. The fee to attend is very reasonable.
Autism Support Group
Are you raising a child who has been diagnosed with Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Syndrome, or Rett Syndrome? Are you looking to share experiences with other parents and caregivers, as well as locate valuable information and resources? If so, we welcome you to join us for our monthly meetings. Generally, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free childcare is available with preregistration. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and Referral
Questions about Medicaid waivers, attorneys, special education law, or other topics can be answered by calling the Family Support Coordinator at The Arc, who can provide information on where and how to find the answers to these questions.