Get the latest news and research on Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Here.

The Arc of St. Lucie County is dedicated to making information easy to access for all of families and people we serve.

 

Here are a few documents you might find useful.

The Arc of Florida  works with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), prader-willi syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community. The Arc of Florida also works to reduce the incidence of and eliminate the consequences of developmental disabilities through education, awareness, research, advocacy and support of families, friends and the community.  The Arc of St. Lucie County is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of Florida. 

The Arc US is a tremendous resource for people wanting to know more about intellectual or developmental disabilities. They give a broader picture of what is happening at the national level.

The Arc US is a peerless advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), preserving and protecting their fundamental rights through advocacy and action in support of legislation for civil rights, employment, housing and supports. They connect people with disabilities, their families, professionals and others (like you!) to create hope, growth and change.

Scholarly Articles on Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

What is Spina Bifida?

Tell me about I/DD

What is Down Syndrome?

Healthcare for people with I/DD for healthcare workers

Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT)

HELPFUL LINKS

Florida Council for Community Mental Health – http://www.fccmh.org

Florida Developmental Disabilities Counsel (FDDC) – http://www.fddc.org

Centers for Autism Related Disorders:

CARD @ Florida State University – http://fsucard.com

CARD @ University of Central Florida – http://cfl.ucf-card.org

CARD @ University of Florida – http://card.ufl.edu

CARD @ University of South Florida – http://card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – http://www.rehabworks.org

Disability Rights Florida – http://www.disabilityrightsflorida.org

Brain Injury Association of Florida – http://www.biaf.org

Florida Housing Coalition – http://www.flhousing.org

Social Security and Disability Resource Center – http://www.ssdrc.com

STATE OF FLORIDA:

Agency for Health Care Administration – http://ahca.myflorida.com

Agency for Persons with Disabilities – http://apd.myflorida.com

Children’s Medical Services (CMS) – http://www.cms-kids.com

Department of Education – http://www.fldoe.org

Department of Elder Affairs – http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us

Department of Health – http://www.floridahealth.gov

Division of Blind Services – http://dbs.myflorida.com

Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged – http://www.dot.state.fl.us/ctd

Florida Commission on Human Relations – http://fchr.state.fl.us

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind – https://www.facebook.com/FloridaDeafandBlind

Online Sunshine (Florida Legislature) – http://www.leg.state.fl.us

...or download a Membership Form Below

You can also simply download one of the membership forms here, fill it out, and mail it back to us.  It's that simple.

Why Become A Member?

Your membership means The Arc can continue providing services, advocacy, and supports to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in St. Lucie County.  They are counting on us!  And we are counting on you!

By joining our network of more than 140,000 members and close to 700 affiliated chapters nationwide, you can be a part of the largest grassroots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

As part of this network, you’ll be connected to others with and without disabilities who share your beliefs and your challenges. Self-advocates (an individual with I/DD), their family members, experts and professionals in the field and advocates and activists work together through The Arc to ensure that people with I/DD have the resources to meet their needs and live self-determined lives.

 

The Arc of the United States

The Arc US is a tremendous resource for people wanting to learn more about developmental or intellectual disabilities --and about what we are doing at the national level too.The Arc of St. Lucie County is an affiliated chapter of the Arc of The US. Click anywhere in this box to open a tab with The Arc US.

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With your gift, The Arc will continue our work to provide vital programs, transportation, and care to people with disabilities and support their full inclusion and participation in the community.

Over the past 10 years, the Florida Legislature has not provided Service Providers such as The Arc with much at all in rate increases.  Yet the costs of providing our services continue to rise.  The State of Florida, in fact, rates last (50th) in the USA in funding for the developmentally disabled. So we need your help. 

$25 can provide snacks to the Children’s Program for a week.

$50 can provide classroom supplies in our Vocational Training Lab for 4 students.

$100 can help us provide lunches to 80 people in our Adult Day Training Program for a week.

$500 can help us provide transportation for our volunteers for a month.

$1,500 can help us get another computer for our computer lab.

$2,000 can provide (much needed) new chairs & tables for our ADT classrooms.

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