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educational resources

Educational advocate, located in house, that can answer your questions, provide you with training and assist with IEP meetings if you have a child in special education.

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Family RESOURCES

Resource center full of information you may need, whether it is about a particular issue, or locating a program you may be looking for. 

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INTELLECTUAL disability

Inclusion and Advocacy are the main focus at the the Arc. We are the nation's leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and for their families. We provide supports and services people want and need.

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Ongoing Support

Encouraging Family Support for caregivers of persons with disabilities. These include, training, information and referral. 

  • Emma and Dan's Route 6 Journey

    emma and dan perritano of erie, pa will make the 360 mile trek across pennsylvania's historic route 6 this spring to raise funds for the arc of erie county. dan, 50, is the men's soccer coach at penn state behrend and father to emma, 16, who attends the life skills program at north east middle school and has benefited from the arc. the pair will take to the road to support the arc of erie county, which provides advocacy and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 


     

     

     

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HISTORY

The Arc of Erie County was founded in 1952 by Dr. Gertrude A. Barber and a group of dedicated parents sitting around a kitchen table. Together they worked to procure services for children and adults who were denied an education, the right to attend day care and preschools, and the right to work. Today, more 60 years later, The Arc continues to build on the strong traditions of the past by serving all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the county.

OUR MISSION

The Arc of Erie County provides advocacy and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We offer free educational advocacy, monitor governmental legislation and support programs that highlight current research. We also assist in programs to enhance personal growth and encourage community inclusion.

As part of a national organization, our primary goal is to improve supports and services available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


VALUES

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value, not by their disability. The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law. We believe in community, diversity, self determination, and self-advocacy.


GUIDING PRINCIPALS

The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We represent the public interest, supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families regardless of the type of disability.The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication. The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.



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  • I was honored to have Karen Morahan & Kathy Gallagher Lutz by my side! They may not have had to say much, since I was highly motivated & prepared to defend my son and his classmates, but their presence and insight spoke Volumes! I'm not sure we would have had such a swift and efficient resolution, if those ladies wouldn't have been by my side to greet the army that awaited us! They kept me on track during the conversation, brought up points I almost missed, and made sure I didn't leave that meeting without the resolution, we set out for! Please people never go into these types of situations (battles) without a representative from ARC! I know I wont! #thearcoferie I have found a new home for my volunteering and dedication!

    Andrea King
  • This year I was overwhelmed with emotion when I was told the Arc of Erie was adopting my classroom. My students were direct recipients of the Arc's toy drive fundraiser which provided them with Christmas gifts. The program also provided educational supplies for each of them. Not only did it help my students, but provided amazing support and encouragement for myself, as a teacher, as well. Words can not truly express the gratitude I have for this amazing organization. Their support and encouragement means more then they will ever know.

    Sarah Deeb, Lincoln Elementary.
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    Tom Simpson, Company Inc.

I am grateful for the outstanding guidance and support my special needs son and I have received from The Arc of Erie. They have helped ensure my son receives the proper services he needs to reach his highest academic and developmental potential. I highly recommend Arc of Erie to anyone who may benefit from their expertise as we have.

Erika Bahling

My triple diagnosed ASD Son in crisis, I was a highly concerned, worried Mother. I didn’t have answers on how to help him, wanting the best. Spending hours on the phone trying to navigate a complex system while attempting to maintain my own sanity, I watched as my Son suffered.  I reached out to Karen Morahan for guidance. She listened to my pain and heartache and assisted me in navigating how to help my Son. She reassured me I was doing my best and made me feel like someone had a truly vested interest in our Family.

Shortly after our conversation full of kind words and advice, she made an appointment to see my Son and I at our home. This paved the way for an extremely caring relationship--Dr. Morahan was a blessing from above.She has a special forte of adding a personal touch to her guidance. I didn't feel as lost and alone. Aiden immediately had a connection with her and without her advice, her frequent communication, and her guidance. I don’t feel we would be at the place we are. Aiden is much better, and Karen made every effort to guide me, offering options to assist us with his well-being but she went beyond that. She truly cares, and her concern was our family’s prosperity. Without her we would be in a tangled web. She has made the sun shine again for us, and you are our Sun.

Tricia