The Arc strives to provide services that are relevant to people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Services include:
- Families and self-advocates meet with an Arc staff member to review their questions, concerns, and needs. Along with the family, needs are prioritized and a plan is made to attend to those needs.
Community Resource Navigation
- Arc staff help to figure out appropriate community resources--including Developmental Disability Administration (DDA) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)--and how to navigate them.
School (I.E.P.) Support and Advocacy
- Individual Education Programs (I.E.P.s) are reviewed. With advanced notice, an advocate can join you for I.E.P. meetings.
- Students with and without disabilities gather together for facilitated activities. Buddy Club is currently iin three area high schools and four middle schools.
- Middle school and high school teens gather at Life Works for a fun, casual time to visit. Parent or guardian stays on site.
- Families may reserve the sensory room to enjoy meaningful playtime with their child at no charge. Many families use the sensory room to extend and expand therapy activities. Children, teens, and adults find the equipment therapeutic and fun.
- Mondays, 10:00-12:00, children ages birth – 6 years old can enjoy a facilitated, inclusive play group in the sensory room. Parents stay and play while meeting other families.
Saturday Play Group
- Once a month, the sensory room is open to families to use. Call The Arc (360-425-5494) to learn when the next one is scheduled.
- The Arc has several current books and other resources available for self-advocates and families to borrow. Have a resource you’re done using? Consider donating it to The Arc, and we will make it available for others to use!
Life Skills Class
- Thursdays, 3:30-5:00, Lower Columbia College in “Main” building, adult self-advocates gather for “Life Skills” class. Topics vary and may include time management, money management, sign language, social skills, and current events. Room changes quarterly. Call The Arc for current room assignment and more information. $25 registration fee per quarter.
- Throughout the year, we offer a variety of community education and awareness activities.
- “Autism 200” classes, third Thursday of each month, 6;30-8:00, at Child and Adolescent Clinic (971 – 11th Avenue, Longview).
- “Autism 101” classes, offered quarterly at Child and Adolescent Clinic (971 – 11th Avenue, Longview). Call The Arc at 360-425-5494 to find out the date of the next “Autism 101” class.