The Arc advocates against indifference. The Arc educates the community about receiving, embracing, and engaging people with cognitive and intellectual impairments in all facets of community life through case advocacy and support, resource and skills development, and educational workshops or forums.
Advocacy n. 1. Active support as of a cause, idea or policy.
Advocate n. 1. A person who argues for a cause; supporter or defender. 2. A person who pleads in another's behalf; intercessor.
The Arc of Mecklenburg County has been advocating with and for people with developmental disabilities for over fifty years. Advocacy can take many forms. It can be as simple as one parent helping another find a dentist or as complex as influencing legislation through a large grass-roots letter writing campaign.
Advocacy is what The Arc does best. The Arc provides advocacy to people with disabilities and their families. The advocacy varies but usually includes assistance in accessing services, reporting abuse, special education rights, community resources, benefits information, and parent support. Volunteers and staff from The Arc work to inform the community about disabilities and often sit on numerous committees, working groups, planning boards and advisory councils. By sitting on the various committees and boards, The Arc perspective is brought to the table so that people with developmental disabilities will be represented when and where decisions are being made. Information that is learned in these activities is then shared with members of The Arc throughout the region.
The Arc strongly advocates for policies, state and federal legislation that is consistent with the Core Values and Position Statements of The Arc.
Below are lists of Commissioners, Senators, and Representatives and their contact information so you can easily reach them for disability and legislative action.