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