As part of a national organization, our primary goal is to improve support and programs available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That’s our responsibility. But locally we see ourselves as much more!
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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 won’t! #thearcoferie I have found a new home for my volunteering and dedication!
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
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 The Arc of Erie to anyone who may benefit from their expertise as we have.
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.