Professional Advocacy

& Special Education Support Services

Advocacy is a very important part of our work at The Arc of Allegan County:

 

  • Helping families and schools to develop education and transition plans that comply with the law and enable students to be successful in their daily lives at school, home, and in the community.

 

  • Creating more and better work opportunities and benefits for people with disabilities.

 

  • Generating positive system changes through community and agency collaboration.

 

  • ​Assuring the rights of an individual are upheld, and their dignity honored.

 

 

Training Opportunities

We host a variety of trainings from year to year in collaboration with Michigan Family Voices and other agencies/organizations. These exchanges include:

 

  • Curricula for inclusion of children with disabilities.

 

  • Addressing the needs of siblings of a child with special needs.

 

  • Training parents to advocate for their children with disabilities and/or become advocates for others.

 

  • Mentoring and support for new parents of children with disabilities.

 

  • Estate planning for a child's future upon the death of his/her parents.

 

  • Navigating social service systems.

Programming

Creating a more knowledgeable and inclusive society is an ongoing endeavor of The Arc of Allegan County. Below are some of the many services we offer. For additional information, please visit our contact page.

Social Activities

Educational Opportunities 

The Arc of Allegan County offers a number of social and recreational opportunities. Each year, we host four community dances and have recently implemented an educational program for adults

which is designed to offer environments of fellowship, comradery, and skill-building. These classes cover a wide variety of topics, including:

 

  • Gardening

  • Nutrition & Healthy Eating

  • Weight Management

  • Stress Management

  • Smoking Cessation

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Cooking

  • More...

 

Classes are free and open to any community members who wish to participate! Visit our Classes page to learn what activities are currently taking place.

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