Respite Care Program
Respite Care offers families relief from the daily care of their family member with a disability. Children and others with disabilities are four times more likely to be abused or neglected. Respite contributes to healthy marriage, keeps children safe and reduces out of home placements. Screened, experienced Respite Care Providers make it possible for families to get away during periods of stress or crisis, to take care of personal business, or simply to take a break to relax. Respite Care is available both in-group and individual settings. The Arc also provides Group Respite every Saturday.
Supported Community Living Program
Supported Community Living program allows individuals with disabilities to work toward specific goals with the help of skilled professionals. The purpose of this service is to increase independent living skills and community integration through learning to use community resources.
Supported Employment Program
The Supported Employment Program offers employment support to adults with disabilities. Our Employment Specialist helps people with disabilities with their job seeking skills, placement, and development. The Arc of Southeast Iowa provides job coaching, after people with disabilities have jobs, to ensure success in their placements.
The Summer Camps are co-sponsored programs between The Arc of Southeast Iowa and Iowa City Parks and Recreation. We have two Summer Day Camp sites; the first, is at Mercer Aquatic Center and serves adolescents with disabilities, the second, meets at The Arc of Southeast Iowa's Bill Reagan Children's Enrichment Center, and serves Little Tykes, ages four to eleven.
The Afterschool camp is a new program currently in its test phase. The afterschool camp will be held at the Bill Reagan Children's Enrichment Center in the lower level of the Arc each day after school for all school age children. Hours of operation will be 3:00-5:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 2:00-5:30 on Thursday.
The Arc acts in an advocacy role when necessary to insure that the rights of citizens with developmental disabilities are secured and safeguarded.
- Information and Referral: The Arc of Southeast Iowa assists families and individuals in navigating the system and connecting with available resources
- Sibship: is a support group for children ages 6 through 12 who have brothers and sisters with disabilities. Sibship provides a supportive, safe, fun environment for children to talk about their experiences; helping decrease their sense of isolation. A wide variety of games, activities, fun and food are employed throughout the meetings.
- Parent Education: consists of workshops designed to promote positive, caring relationships between parents and children developing effective strategies for dealing with a variety of childhood behavior issues as they present in children with disabilities.
- Family Fellowship: is designed to promote ongoing social interaction among families who have children with disabilities.