For over 50 years, The Arc of Butler County has been advocating for families and self-advocates to ensure that:
- Families have access to information, support, and advocacy
- People with disabilities have access to quality education and community services
- Policymakers and legislators are informed about disability issues
- Ideas of self-determination, inclusion, and person-centered planning are the foundation of individual’s supports
The Arc of Butler County works hard to be an advocate for people with disabilities. Advocacy is essential in maintaining or improving the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. People with ID/DD and/or ASD may need support of advocates to: Know, Understand, and Assert Their Rights.
Our Advocacy also ensures individuals receive services needed. These include:
- Support for parents/families to obtain early intervention services for newborn and preschool children.
- Help with securing appropriate public school programs for school-aged children with special needs.
- Assistance with the public school programs for transition from school to community bound services.
- Aid to individuals and families in dealing with on-going challenges in life.
- Systemic advocacy in cooperation with The Arc of Pennsylvania and The Arc of the United States.
- General educational material regarding intellectual and developmental disabilities for the public.
- Information related to the prevention of intellectual disabilities.