Children, Youth, & Their Families
Informing, Connecting, and Empowering families with knowledge and resources, The Arc is a partner in your journey to help your child develop their unique talents and interests.
The Arc connects parents and family members with the resources needed to feel confident and capable of helping their child thrive. Services are designed to complement existing resources for children and youth under the age of 21. Learning how to solve problems, make decisions, develop goals, and follow through builds self-reliance and trust in one’s ability to be successful.
When a child is diagnosed with a disability, the family is thrust into a new world; acronyms that everyone else seems to know, the uncertainty of where to turn, and an unclear way forward. With The Arc, families have a place to turn, a trusted partner in helping their child succeed. The Arc acts as a facilitator, a bridge to understanding the local resources and the people, support, and options available.
Caring for a child with a disability can be stressful. The added stress of not knowing who to turn to is unnecessary. The Arc connects families with the needed resources; the people, programs, and opportunities they need. And these connections start with a simple phone call to one person who will find the answer if they don’t already know it.
This program means people under 21 can access additional resources through The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) via a qualified provider. The Arc is a Family Supports Provider, one of only a handful in our area. Family supports are geared toward out-of-school time; weekends, evenings, and summer break. We help families access needed services like assistive technology, vehicle modifications, respite care, and training.
The Arc and its partner, Education Team Allies, are excited to announce the launch of Project Learn. The project, funded in part by the Developmental Disabilities Council of Maryland, will focus on supporting parents and the students with IDD to understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and become strong self-advocates. Project Learn will assist families in developing an IEP (or 504) for their child that includes a meaningful vision as it pertains to further education and more. Learn more about Project Learn.
School-aged students with a disability, birth to age 21, are entitled to a free and appropriate education. This means each child is looked at individually to determine the supports or accommodations needed to be successful in school. The Arc can help families navigate the education system, create and update individual education plans (IEPs), find needed resources, and work with the school system to make positive changes.
Cup of Caring
The Arc’s Cup of Caring series explores resources for children & families with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The series is facilitated by The Arc’s Director of Engagement, Deena Kilmon. Caregivers and interested community members have the chance to ask questions, learn, and share information about resources for children with IDD in their communities. Check out episodes from the Cup of Caring series. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410.353.1137.
The Family Fund
To better understand the additional costs for families with a child with a disability, Researchers Mark Stabile and Sara Allin recently examined evidence about three kinds of costs; “direct, out-of-pocket costs incurred as a result of the child’s disability; indirect costs incurred by the family managing disability supports and long-term costs associated with the child’s future economic performance.” Stabile and Allin’s research titled, The Economic Costs of Childhood Disability, showed the average cost incurred supporting a child’s disability is $30,500 a year per, on top of the typical expenses of a family.
Because we know there are incredibly effective camps, therapies, equipment, and learning opportunities not fully covered by insurance and often out of reach financially, we developed the Family Fund. A grant program, the Family Fund is there to help fill gaps in providing quality of life enrichment needs for youth under the age of 21.
Holiday Giving Program
Every year, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region works diligently to ensure we can touch as many lives as possible during the holiday season. We understand the tremendous financial burden families have when they are caring for a child with special needs. Our hopes are that by partnering with local businesses and sponsors, we can lessen the burden for those who are in need by supplying holiday gifts to both the child with a disability and their siblings.