At first we used the services of another organization to help us with our kids. While the other care organization had great employees, their community inclusion and employee retention was lacking. After a few years, we made the decision to change care providers to the ARC of Orange County. The ARC and it's employees go out of their way to ensure that our kids have social activities and a life outside of their rigorous therapy routines.
In addition, they give my wife and I something that is more precious than gold...Time away from our kids without the constant voice in the back of our heads that says "I wonder if the kids are alright?" We know that the workers are not only responsible ones that do what is required, but loving ones that have a personal interest in their well being.
The ARC offers support to help the kids with daily life skills such as personal care. They also work on community goals such as riding a bus, crossing a street and going to the library.
Separately they provide respite services (IE time away from your kids) My wife and I have a semi-regular night out where we can go to dinner and a movie. 12 years ago this was nothing more than a fantasy.
While we always had a small amount of family and friend support with our kids prior to signing up with the ARC, we never could have imagined the type and quality of assistance we now receive.
I HIGHLY recommend the ARC to other families who are struggling with special needs kids.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
As a direct result of the support and services I get from the ARC, my children can now function in society at an acceptable level. They understand basic life skills and safety.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Ask the state government to increase funding so that all parents could experience the quality of service we receive.