Mission: The mission of the arc of palm beach county is to improve the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities, and their families, through services, education, and advocacy. To accomplish this mission, the arc supports programs throughout palm beach county that touch the lives of more than 2,400 families each year. The agency offers 13 programs in six focus areas: early intervention, education, family and respite services, adult education and employment, recreation, and residential services. These specialized programs teach the skills necessary to foster increased independence and to help those we serve to live their best and most productive lives. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, the arc depends on gifts and grants to fund its work.
Programs: Early intervention- the arc of palm beach county's first step to success program provides in-home services throughout palm beach county to families of children between birth and five years of age who demonstrate a mild delay in child development. The arc's team of developmental specialists works with children and their families to strengthen children's skills in the areas of cognition, communication, movement, coordination, social/emotional and self-help. These specialists focus on supporting the parent/child relationship and helping the child achieve developmental milestones. The healthy steps to success program brings families and health care providers together to improve the health, development and emotional wellness of children up to age three. Services provided include a child development line, links to community resources, home visits, parent groups and more. The forward leaps program provides short-term in home developmental support to families of children who have been identified as being at risk for developmental delays but do not qualify for more intensive services.
residential services - the arc operates four group home residences throughout palm beach county to help adults over 18 acquire new skills to enhance their quality of life and help them achieve their highest level of independence. These facilities are staffed 24 hours a day. Each resident has a personal plan that identifies goals and achievement strategies. During the day, every resident participates in a meaningful activity with many engaged in employment related activities. Moreover, rehabilitation services are provided that offer training activities to help residents acquire, maintain or improve upon skills related to daily living. These services focus on personal hygiene, homemaking and social skills to enable individuals to reside in the community.
education - potentials charter school is a tuition-free, independently run public school providing the best in education with integrated therapies in a safe, nurturing environment for exceptional children in palm beach county. The school assists children in pre-k through eighth grade that are unable to independently walk or talk. The school's focus on independence, communication, and academics provides stimulating opportunities for learning. Moreover, the school has the full support of the palm beach county school board and is an active member of the florida consortium for public charter schools.
I have a daughter that has been attending The Arc (school) since 2008. I can' not begin to say enough for the physical therapy department at the school. They have just excepted a new principal and she is doing wonders for the school. This school has been a great place for my devolpmentally disbaled daughter to learn and how to make choices and grow. She is succeeding at everyday tasks that Dr.'s said she would never do.