The Arc of Chester County’s advocacy services help families and self-advocates understand and navigate the mental health/intellectual and developmental disability service systems. Our advocates safeguard individual rights and promote self-determination and inclusion.
The Arc’s advocates:
- Provide one-to-one support and mentoring services
- Help parents effectively plan for their adult child’s future and effectively participate in planning meetings
- Accompany families and self-advocates to meetings as needed
- Provide ongoing support for self-advocates with limited family involvement
- Initiate, promote, and support individual and county-wide self-determination and self-advocacy efforts
- Provide training for self-advocates
- Monitor progress made in the areas of inclusion, self-determination, employment, habilitation, and recreation
- Actively promote systems change and improvement through state and national lobbying
Click here to download the Chester County Self-Determination Committee’s Terms and Definitions Guide.
If you or an adult family member with a disability would like to speak to an Arc advocate, please contact April Hawkins
610-696-8090, ext. 216