Advocacy

 

Overview

The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties’ Advocacy Department provides free resource coordination, training, and one-to-one advocacy support to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. Our department’s programs are based on four main pillars: Collaboration, Education, Empowerment, and Self-Advocacy. Through these, we are dedicated to connecting with and supporting individuals, families, and community partners in their navigation of the IDD system(s). This navigation is intended to engage with person-centered programs and supports that meet their specific needs, now and into the future.

Our department offers three main programs: Resource Coordination, One-to-One Advocacy, and Webinar Trainings. Our Resource Coordination program offers disability-related resources, referrals, and training to individuals, families, and professionals. Our One-to-One Advocacy program connects individuals and families with knowledgeable Arc Advocates to provide individual guidance to address complex challenges.  Click the buttons below to learn more about each program!

Resource Coordination

One-to-One
Advocacy

Upcoming
Webinars

Digital Resources

Testimonials

“The advocacy services provided to my children through The Arc have been absolutely integral in both shaping and protecting their interests in their educational programs.  Your advocates’ incredibly vast knowledge and unwavering support has been constant, from their elementary through secondary years, and our family is beyond grateful for their help and the Advocacy Program”.

-Michelle

“This wonderful organization has provided us with guidance, education and knowledge to advocate not only for the educational needs but going forward preparing for adulthood for our special needs child. She is learning through this organization how and why it is important to learn to self advocate. It is never too late to seek help/knowledge in advocating for a person and it truly does take a village to raise a child. We are so blessed to have found this organization and the GREAT workers who are always there to answers questions and offer advice. Truly a blessing!”

-JoAnn

“The recommendation to contact The Arc about an education advocate for my daughter was one of the best pieces of advice I’ve received. Our advocate has been with us every step of the way to teach me about the process and my daughter’s rights. It allows me to rest easy knowing that I am doing all I can to ensure that my daughter gets the services she deserves and has the best future ahead of her.”

-Anonymous

Upcoming Webinars and Requests

The Arc provides a wide variety of trainings and webinars intended to educate and empower our community serving those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD).  Click the button below to view a recorded webinar on our Arc YouTube Channel!

Interested in learning more about a disability-related topic for yourself or your loved one? We want to help! Submit a training request below & our team will work to find a presenter on the topic – for FREE! *Trainings are not guaranteed.*

The Arc of Lehigh & Northampton Counties Advocacy Department does not employ lawyers nor provide legal advice. These webinars, or any other provided by The Arc’s Advocacy Department, does not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the providing party, or any employees or contractors acting on its behalf. All webinars are provided for educational and informative purposes only.*

Advocacy Contact Information

P: 610-849-8076 ext. 321

E: advocacyintake@arcoflehighnorthampton.org

Advocacy Disclaimer: The Arc of Lehigh & Northampton Counties Advocacy Department does not employ lawyers nor provide legal advice. Our staff are not trained in law nor are medical experts, but rather provide objective, educated guidance to individuals and their families to navigate the special education and/or adult system(s).

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