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Over 69 years, The Arc of Dauphin County has been committed to providing a voice to those not best able to advocate for their basic needs. The mission at The Arc of Dauphin County is to provide our neighbors diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities the resources and skills to live their best lives. While our foundation is in advocacy services, we also offer other critical services such as family supportive services, representative payee services, and so many more.

Impact Story

We have been working with the Arc of Dauphin County for several years now. Our daughter had been in mainstream classes in elementary school even though she was in need of emotional support. We did have a TSS and BHRS. We tried to get an IEP for her but the school kept putting us off and said when she gets to middle school if she needs one they would do it then. When she got to middle school it was hard for her. She was bullied and her grades went from A’s and B’s to failing. When we could no longer get any help from the school district we called the Arc.

We have worked with Kathy and Beth since then. Our daughter was placed in an appropriate school with the education and tools she needed. Once again her grades improved back to where they were. When she got to high school the district wanted to bring her back into an equivalent classroom that she was in. The only problem was the fear my daughter had of being back with kids that bullied her. They would be going to the same school. Reluctantly we agreed to have her transition back but after only a month she was failing in the subject she was taking and her stress was causing headaches and stomachaches. Again Beth and Kathy helped keep our daughter where she was thriving. The Arc representatives have been invaluable to us in bridging the communication gap between the schools and us.

– Cathy Cucinotta, mother


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When you think of disabilities what comes to mind?

This may be different for everyone. But at the Arc of Dauphin County, we work daily to promote that not all disabilities are visible.

What is ableism?

When you ask someone, “What is wrong with you, you do not look disabled?” is an example of ableism. The choice of choosing an able body and mind person over someone with a disability of any kind.

What do I do if I am speaking to someone with a disability and cannot understand what they said?

It is better not to pretend that you understood them. Do not be afraid of upsetting them by asking to repeat what they said or telling them what you heard and asking if that is correct. Do not just smile and nod. Communication is key for everyone.