• Aktion Clubs

    What is the Aktion Club?

    The Aktion Club is a group of self-determined and empowered adults with developmental disabilities.

    As self-advocates, they strive to end discrimination and make a change for the better in the way society views people with disabilities. The Aktion Club members have united to lobby for their rights, develop friendships, learn about community resources, contribute, and become part of the community.

    The Aktion Clubs are a community service project team of adults with developmental disabilities that work in partnership with Kiwanis.

    How do I participate?

    The Arc of Mecklenburg County has Three Aktion Clubs in the area! Make sure you check out our Calendar of Events page to see the latest events and happenings for the Aktion Clubs.

    • The Aktion Club of South Mecklenburg usually meets (unless otherwise noted) the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212

    • The Lake Norman Aktion Club usually meets (unless otherwise noted) the fourth Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Avenue, Suite 101, Cornelius, NC 28031.

    • The Charlotte – Mecklenburg Aktion Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Nevins Center in Charlotte. This Aktion Club is only open to individuals who attend the Nevins program.

    Contact Steve McIllwain at (704) 332-4535 ext. 106 or for information about Aktion Club activities.

    Please visit our calendar page under the home menu bar or click here for Aktion Club activities.


    What is Self Advocacy?

    Self-advocacy is the act or process of an individual defending or supporting a cause or proposal for his/her own purpose. The members of the Advocates Powered Up act as self-advocates by uniting as a group to speak up for themselves and others with developmental disabilities in regards to their needs, desires, and issues that effect their lives. Self-advocates know that along with rights, we all have responsibilities to our communities, families, employers, and most of all ourselves. As a self-advocate one must speak up for his/her rights, accept responsibility, and help make it happen.

    You can join the Aktion Club if:

    • You have a developmental disability
    • You are 18 years or older
    • You are willing to come to meetings regularly
    • You can work as part of a team You desire to help with community service projects and fundraisers
    • You want to learn about your choices


    What are the activities of the Aktion Club?

    • Meet regularly
    • Lobby for rights
    • Attend State Self-Advocacy Convention
    • Host fundraisers and social events
    • Learn new skills
    • Community service projects
    • Give back to the community
    • Have Fun!!


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