In general, advocacy means support for, backing of, promotion of, championing of, argument for, supporting, or
recommending a particular case.The Arc of Adams County supports families and their children birth through age 21.
We work only with children and families who live in Adams County.
we are not a legal service
education & family issues
Direct Advocacy: Whenever possible we use a single issue advocacy approach. We will talk with you to determine what your child’s advocacy issue is and how The Arc may be able to help. Once the identified issue is resolved we will fade out and no longer be involved.
Examples of direct advocacy: Technical assistance with special education issues, review Individual Education Programs (IEP), collaborate with education teams and service agencies, observe the child in his/her educational setting, attend IEP meetings, assist with application for developmental disability services.
The mission of The Arc Adams County is to serve individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD); therefore, we provide direct advocacy support only for those individuals who meet the I/DD definition.
Intellectual/Developmental Disability means a disability which occurs before the age of 22, IQ below 70, or adaptive functioning (doing every day activities) is like that of someone with an IQ below 70.
For children who do not have an intellectual/developmental disability we can assist with information and resources in a number of ways.
Information & resources for those who do not meet the i/dd definition
We have a wide variety of information and resources for agencies providing services and supports throughout Adams County and the Denver metro area and are happy to talk with you about these over the phone, provide them through email or mail and/or direct you to pertinent websites.
We are happy to speak with you over the phone about whatever issues you are encountering to help guide you as we are able; however, we are not able to meet with you in person or attend meetings with you.
If you are unsure if your child has an intellectual/developmental disability we will assist as we can while reviewing information regarding your child to make that determination.