GUARDIANSHIP, ADVOCACY AND PLANNING SERVICES
Guardianship: The Arc provides guardianship services for individuals who do not have family or friends who are able, available or appropriate to take on these responsibilities. As guardian, The Arc, through staff and a network of volunteers, is responsible for the health and welfare of the protected person—which may include arranging for support services, making medical decisions, and ensuring finances are in order. The guardianship program adheres to the standards, principles and code of conduct as adopted by the National Guardianship Association.
Advocacy: The Arc’s role as an advocate is a private agreement to provide assistance on a short– or long-term basis. This could involve advocacy for specific situations when a knowledgeable and non-conflicted third-party is needed to ensure the rights, safety and/or well-being of an individual.
Planning: A recurring difficulty for many families is understanding the vast array of services and resources available. The Arc offers navigation services to assist individuals to apply for benefits, connecting them with providers, and provide general education on important issues.
Education: The Arc is available to lead discussions and training on a wide range of topics pertaining to the rights of, and services available to, persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.