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Advocacy

Self Advocacy- The Arc San Joaquin serves and acts on behalf of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In all service areas, the clients have an opportunity to learn how to become better self-advocates. This starts by learning what your rights and responsibilities are.  Individuals with exceptional intellectual and other disabilities receive assistance, as needed from The Arc San Joaquin staff, and other agencies including the regional center, Disability Rights advocates, area boards and family members. Personal responsibility is also emphasized that to the greatest degree possible, the participants will take a role in knowing their rights, what it means to care for oneself, personal safety and well-being, become familiar with their personal support systems, and to learn to make the best life choices possible.

Individuals and their families learn about The Arc San Joaquin programs that help them to live a more independent life style such as employment training, skills training and education, and recreation options.

 

Public Policy - The Arc San Joaquin advocates for the perseveration of funding that makes services available to and for individuals served.  Through continued funding, persons whose lives would be greatly affected, are able to achieve inclusion in employment, recreation, and community. The Arc San Joaquin is an affiliate of the Arc of CA and Arc of the United States, and California Disability Services Association (Cal-DSA). The Arc San Joaquin receives current information on a state and national level and has met with local legislators. The Arc San Joaquin attends annual public policy conferences, Autism Now Conference (2011), Supported Life and CHOICES Institute. Parents, families and interested persons are invited to contact The Arc San Joaquin and learn how to register for any of these advocacy and learning opportunities.

 

Community Outreach – The Arc San Joaquin promotes the awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities and its services by its presence in the community. In 2011, through a grant from Junior League of San Joaquin County, a reading program for children with and without disabilities, featuring volunteer therapy dog teams was sponsored at Margaret Troke Library in Stockton. The program objective was to promote reading as a friendly activity and to break down fears of reading aloud in the presence of others.  It aimed to prepare all children, regardless of ability, to become more confident and empowered readers and learners. Up to 154 children with and without disabilities, were seen.

The Arc San Joaquin participates in Stockton Rotary, the Non-Profit Executive Directors of San Joaquin County, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition of Local Area Service Providers (CLASP), and CHOICES Institute.