Early Advocacy Services
Specifically, facilitating a parent support group, attending IEP (Individual Education Plan) meetings at schools with parents, consultation services, and helping parents navigate and understand the early childhood, public school, as well as state and county Human Service Delivery systems.
Public Policy Advocacy
ARC SW helps people with intellectual disabilities and their families exercise their rights within the legislative process. We help self-advocates and families learn about legislation that impacts them. We offer an annual Day at the Capitol event when we transport clients from our service area to the state capitol to voice their thoughts and needs. We also contact legislators directly to represent our client’s needs.
We assist self-advocates in finding their own voices to speak for themselves, and strengthen their abilities to live as independently as possible in their communities. This is achieved through networking, educational training, and events that build social and life skills. We help establish and provide on-going support for People First groups and Aktion Clubs which are comprised of people with a variety of disabilities and together we identify and overcome life challenges, including issues with housing, employment, transportation, and individual rights. Arc Southwest also serves as a host for two self-advocacy theatre groups- The United We Stand Players of New Ulm and Aktion Club Theatre of Mankato.
We provide two trained quality assurance team members to meet with a person with a developmental disability, the person’s family members/guardian, and the person’s providers to assess individual needs, opportunities, concerns, and goals. Working with the person with the developmental disability and his or her supporters, we try to paint a picture of the person’s quality of life and, if needed, provide an opportunity for the circle of supporters to work together to enrich that life
Arc SW works with area groups to help provide participants the opportunity to practice social skills as well as socialize in safe environments. Some of these programs include Different Drummer Dance Club in Mankato, Fairmont, New Ulm, bowling in Fairmont, softball in Fairmont, and picnics thought the area.