How you can prepare for the future!

There are many issues, concerns, and transitions you face throughout your lifetime and now you need to address them for your child with special needs. Many families who have gone through this will tell you to act now and not wait until it’s too late.

This section of our site is dedicated to providing you with information, links, and resources to assist you in addressing your concerns.

What is a Supports Coordinator?

Supports Coordinators are experienced professionals who locate, coordinate, and monitor services provided through the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS). They are the team leaders and assist the individual, their family, and providers to navigate the supports available to the individual. They work with the individual and their team to realize the rights to which they are entitled, to obtain needed services, and remove barriers to full participation in their communities.

Along with assisting individuals, our Supports Coordinators work diligently through the local and state “Right to Education Task Force” and the legislatures to assure that the needs and rights of people with disabilities are represented and respected.

Should we let families know that they need to register for a SC when moving through the transition years and what age to apply for one?

What Can The Arc Alliance Do For Me?

Our Supports Coordinators can assist you to access the services and supports needed to help you achieve your goals in life.

The Arc Alliance advocates work with interested families to create parent support groups. They also work together with volunteers to monitor the quality of living offered in community facilities and in local institutions.

Do you need assistance in selecting The Arc Alliance as your Supports Coordinator?

Contact us and we would be happy to assist you in the process.

Trusts and how they work

The Arc Alliance works with The Arc Community Trusts of PA in providing you with professional guidance and services in the area of Trust development for your loved one. The Arc Community Trust, although not directly connected to The Arc Alliance, was established through the thoughtfulness and financial support of The Arc Alliance and The Arc’s of Chester and Delaware Counties. For additional information follow the link to The Arc Community Trust of PA.

What is a Trust?

A trust is a legal arrangement in which one party (individual, group, or organization) holds and manages property for the benefit of another. The person (or persons) who benefit(s) from the property, the beneficiary, does not own or control it. The person (or persons) or organization that manages and distributes the property, the trustee, does not benefit from it, other than reasonable compensation for services. A trustee is obligated by law to manage the property prudently, obey the instructions of the person who created the trust (called the settlor or grantor), and provide reports and accountings on a regular basis. There are many different kinds of trusts.