My organization is interested in not only meeting AA compliance requirements but creating the most accessible online experience for those with disabilities using current online tools and features specifically designed for website accessibility.
As a lead service provider for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our area, it's important that our online presence is as accessible as possible. We also want to act as an example of how all online entities should craft their websites to best accommodate those with disabilities. By helping us think through website accessibility, we can better support families, caretakers, and individuals in the I/DD community in our area.
To promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Arc is a one-stop shop for Information & Referral about Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and available supports such as navigating state and federal waiver systems, future planning for elderly caregivers, and employment opportunities for those in the I/DD community.
The Arc is a resource and advocate for individuals and families on the local level in regard to education (e.g. IEP process and inclusion) competitive employment and integrated housing, and other areas in which they experience difficulty because of their disabilities. We advocate at the General Assembly to ensure access to truly integrated community-bases services and quality of life and inclusion for all persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The Simon-Edmonson Day Support Program works with individuals with I/DD on Person-Centered Plan skill builders and outcomes to equip them with practical skills that will increase their independence.
Community Engagement facilitates the engagement and inclusion of persons with I/DD in community life and offers a wide variety of opportunities to build relationships and natural supports in the community while using it as a learning environment and employing volunteerism as preparation for employment.
SUPPORTIVE IN-HOME SERVICES provide Person-Centered Plan goals and outcomes for persons with I/DD in the individual's own home to improve their ability to attend activities that help them maintain or increase their level of independence; and to provide assistance with appointments or activities outside the home.
RESPITE CARE provides parents or guardians who have a person with I/DD living in the home with time and space to attend to their own needs and to ensure that the individual is safe, engaged in activities of his/her choosing and has access to community activities.
TEEN/ADULT CANTEENS provide recreational programs such as dances and game nights in collaboration with Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation for people with I/DD.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS encompass a wide array of I/DD-related topics for families.