To improve and enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
The Arc of Delaware promotes and protects the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
We use systems advocacy and direct services to help ensure that persons with disabilities can live, work, go to school and enjoy leisure activities within the communities of their choice.
Systems advocacy means that we monitor government and local issues affecting the rights of persons with disabilities, and act to defend those rights:
- We testify at public hearings, interview with the press and speak with community groups to break down barriers and encourage “good neighbor” attitudes.
- We monitor services in housing, employment, education and health care, to ensure those services meet the needs of persons with disabilities.
- We collaborate with other agencies and councils to support public policies that empower people with disabilities.
- We partner with other organizations to sponsor conferences and training opportunities that promote “best practices” in education, housing and employment.
Through direct services, we provide one-on-one assistance to persons with disabilities:
- We help persons with intellectual disabilities find safe, affordable homes and not only get but also keep jobs they enjoy.
- We help parents navigate the special education maze during school years.
- We provide a safe forum for young adults to learn about democracy and find their own voice.
- And for people who desperately need help but do not meet state or agency criteria for assistance, we facilitate solutions to problems with bureaucracy, paper work, transportation, day care, health appointments, budgeting, banking, legal infractions, domestic issues and so much more. We are their safety net–and sometimes their last hope.