Meet Heather, a 47 year old self-advocate and artist who has Down Syndrome. At the early age of six months, she began receiving services from The Arc Alliance, which included speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and opportunities to interact with other young children. These early interventions were crucial in setting a strong foundation for Heather’s development.

As Heather grew, she continued to benefit from public education support. Now, as an adult, she still receives services from The Arc Alliance, which enables her to integrate into the community, meet with her peers, and participate in social events. This ongoing support has been essential in helping Heather and others like her live up to their full potential.

One of the most significant impacts The Arc Alliance has had on Heather is helping her become a better self-advocate. Heather is an artist, and through her relationship with The Arc Alliance, she has developed her artistic skills to a remarkable level.

Her artwork has been displayed on paintings, mugs, and notepads, and she even designed cover art for a publication. These accomplishments have not only boosted her confidence but also showcased her talents to the broader community.

The supports Heather receives has been invaluable in helping her develop her skills and achieve her goals. Heather’s journey is a testament to the difference that The Arc Alliance can make in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.