ARC-WINNEBAGO COUNTY DISABILITY ASSOCIATION INC

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 115 Washington Ave. Suite A Oshkosh WI 54901 USA

Mission: The agency serves the greater Oshkosh area, including Winneconne and Omro, and provides an "arc" of support for people with developmental and related disabilities, so they can lead safe, personally satisfying lives in the community.
Programs: Youth & Family Program: (1) educational and planning services for teens with disabilities transitioning to adulthood; (2) parent support through information and groups; (3) community education on disability issues; (4) advocacy [indiv. problem-solving and resource linkage, and government advocacy for preservation or creation of funding and services for people with disabilities.Adult Advocacy/Self-Advocacy Program: (1) People First self-advocacy group promotes independence, dignity and self-determination; (2) Educational classes on life skills, social skills, relationship-building, & art; (3) Support Groups for specific issues, such as Traumatic Brain Injury; (4) Social Events; (5) Advocacy [individual problem-solving and broader community issues; (6) System Change [System Response Team works with criminal justice and social service systems to address issues when people with developmental disabilities become involved in the criminal justice system; Home Sweet Home program seeks mobilize housing resources and encourages and assists families with planning for future housing needs]; (7) Community Education [work toward full inclusion by providing educational opportunities for community members].Funding: Arc - Winnebago County Disability Association is a member of the Oshkosh Area United Way, and receives funds from the Winneconne Area United Fund. The agency receives no regular governmental funding and raises all operating funds through donations, project grants and fundraisers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As volunteer at a few events and other organizational activities this past year I see how great a job this organizations does not only for the people they directly help with but with the community at large.

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No I have not

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To give them additional resources to help those in serve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer, client served, and board member, I can say that this is an organization with staff who go above and beyond for the people they serve. They truly care for and speak for people developmental and related disabilities, which is not found elsewhere in Oshkosh area. Family Care/IRIS has been challenging for a number of people, my son included. The Arc-Winn. Co. Disability Association has provided invaluable information and support throughout the process. My son has participated in various activities including Project Art, Game Day, Movie of the Month, and especially enjoys the Halloween and Valentine Parties.

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The help I've received through the years with housing issues and Family Care/IRIS has helped us to provide a better life for our son. I've also learned a great deal about advocacy from the Arc-Winn. Co. Disability Association. It has been so beneficial to our family.

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Definitely more funding to be able to have more staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great organization. Staff are knowledgeable and always helpful. Advocacy is their strength. I have worked with ARC for over 10 years and they never disapoint!

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Advocacy training Organizing quality assurance of systems change

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Rating: 5 stars  

This agency does great work. They have a caring staff who provide services for their clients in many ways. They spend numerous hours advocating for clients and their families. With Wisconsin currently undergoing a drastic change in long term care funding for people with disabilities, the agency has helped to advocate for positive change and as the rules changed they held informative workshops featuring speakers from across the state to help individuals and families make informed choices. They provide planned social experiences for clients and they are available for walk-in crisis counseling. They provide great services on a very small budget.

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I have witnessed the growth of clients who now regularly attend meeting and gatherings and have even taken leadership positions in groups run by the agency.

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More funding and more staff. Too few people trying to do too much work.

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