One Step at a Time
Our Advocacy Program provides direct advocacy support to individuals at any age struggling with systemic hurdles. Our Advocates help consumers navigate through service systems such as education, developmental programs, federal funding streams, medical assistance, legal assistance, housing, transportation, social security, trusts, wills, and community supports and resources.
All students from preschool to age 21 who are eligible, or suspected of being eligible, for specialized education services under IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities Act), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) can access The Arc of Dauphin County's education advocacy services.
Our Advocates educate parents about their child's right to a free and appropriate education, the special education process, how to effectively partner with the school team, how to effectively resolve issues, and how to be their child's best advocate. They work toward empowering parents to become informed, active, and equal members of their child's IEP (Individual Education Plan) team.