The Community Services Program at The Arc of Southwest Alabama focuses on individual and family support by offering case management and advocacy services, providing resources and referrals to individuals and families, assisting families with applying for public benefits available to them, providing assistance to families of school-aged children as requested for IEP advocacy and development, and providing follow-along and advocacy as needed for children who have exited The Arc of Clarke County’s Early Intervention program.
The Arc was born more than 60 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working vigilantly to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, educational opportunities and work programs.
Founded in 1950, The Arc was comprised of a small group of concerned and passionate parents and community members who would be catalyst for changing the public perception of children with disabilities. For the past 60+ years, The Arc has continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face.
Governed by a volunteer board of directors and managed by key staff of The Arc, we work passionately to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with an intellectual or developmental disability in the United States has access to the information, advocacy and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community.