Respite Care Program
Respite Care offers families relief from the daily care of their family member with a disability. 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. Statistics show that parents who receive respite are less likely to be charged with child abuse, perhaps because parent stress levels are directly related to anger management. Respite Care is available both in-group and individual settings. The Arc also provides Group Respite on the First and third Saturday of each month.
Supported Community Living Program
Supported Community Living program allow 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 Day Camps
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 Grant Wood Elementary, and serves Little Tykes, ages three to eleven.
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
- Parent Support Group: the Parent Support Group is designed to hel parents cope with a range of family life issues
- Children at Home: Children at Home is intended to provide funding to allow parents to secure the services necessary to help their children with disabilities to remain at home, function more independently and increase community inclusion. Eligible expenses include medical equipment, home modification, special activities or equipment, counseling and training.
- 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; heping 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.