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Impact Story

Katalina Chambers

The Arc of Dauphin County helped us by attending IEP meetings and going over IEPs to ensure they are completed with the child’s best interest. They were able to point out  deficiencies and missing information. They provided support when the school system failed to provide services or made an attempt to meet school agenda’s at the expense of my child.

The Arc of Dauphin County is important because not all parents understand what the schools obligations to special needs children are. They help ensure those obligations are being adhered to and they help parents to have a voice. 

Having the Arc of Dauphin County helped to show that we were not alone. That we have knowledgeable people in the special education field in our corner. 

They helped support my decisions and helped us fight for what we wanted and needed.

-Sarah Chambers, Parent 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the difference between a client and a consumer?

At the Arc of Dauphin County, we prefer to call those who require our services, consumers. No one wants to be referred to as a case. We believe this is a small sign of respect for our loved ones with mental and physical disabilities. The idea is that one’s ability is stronger than their disability.

I need help with a resource, but I am unsure where to start or if it even exists?

The staff in each program is here to help navigate in finding what is the best option available. While our focus is on the Dauphin County and surrounding community, we will do our best to either answer any questions you may have or find out an answer for you.

What is an advocate?

An advocate has many different meanings, think of our advocates as conversation starters. They specialize in bringing everyone to the table in times of need to make sure all the providers or partners in the consumers wellbeing are on the same page now and moving forward.

What is person centered advocacy?

The idea that what is best for the consumer is always what is put first. A level of transparency is always needed, but our advocates work for the consumer not the system of care. While it is a free service that connects the dots to available benefits and promotes communication between all parties involved. Our experienced and loving advocates will help with long term services and supports that are available to fit the needs and preferences for the consumer.

Do I need to pay for the services the Arc of Dauphin County offers?

No, many of the services provided to consumers are free of charge.

How is the Arc funded?

Majority of the funding comes from grants and donations from the community. This allows the continuation of free services to those who need them most.

Do you accept donations?

YES! Wish lists and needs for programs are posted on our website and social media. Many of our classes require donations of goods to be able to offer a wide variety of class options. Monetary support options are available as well at the top of the page or on social media.