Family and Caregiver Support
The Arc of the Capital Area’s Family & Caregiver Support Services make sure that individuals are able to keep their spirits alive in spite of any personal sacrifices they must make while caring for their loved ones. We do this by providing services that ensure that parents of children with developmental disabilities have access to essential information and support to develop and strengthen their care-giving skills, reduce their isolation, decrease their stress levels and support their efforts to keep their children at home, in school and functioning within the community they live.
The following services are offered at minimal or no cost:
- Peer mentoring and advocacy
- Special Education assistance
- Disability Transition through Family Cooperative
- Basic needs and crisis assistance
Special Education Assistance & Family Support Cooperative
Specialty Support Groups and Educational Workshops are a collaborative consortium between Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), Austin Independent School District (AISD), Easter Seals of Central Texas, Nami Austin and The Arc, providing education and disability focused training for parents & caregivers of children with disabilities.
In addition, The Arc provides educational assistance for parents with children who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and who are enrolled in Special Education.
Basic Needs and Crisis Assistance
The Arc is a member of the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas, which provides a service called the Best Single Source Plus Program. This program provides financial help for essential needs including rent, mortgage or utilities. The client must be in a financial crisis threatening their housing stability and live in Travis County.
The Arc also manages a Crisis Assistance fund for additional needs. This program is supported by grants and funders and is allotted to clients who have an immediate need, such as a wheel chair ramp, food, modified toys or mobility devices. The Arc Crisis Assistance funds are limited to funding availability.