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Advocacy of The Arc of Davidson County

Based in Lexington, NC, The Arc of Davidson County recognizes the inherent rights of all people to participate fully in communities of their choosing. Founded on the principles that all people must have equal access to all opportunities, we advocate with and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

Individual Advocacy

  • Assistance with concerns of abuse of rights as well as concerns over services and/or support
  • Presence at IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings upon request
  • Surrogate parent for children whose parents are not able to attend IEP meetings
  • Assisting self-advocates as they learn how to use their own voice

Systems Advocacy

  • Funding concerns at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Ensuring community members are aware of and practicing inclusion of people with I/DD
  • Building capacity of all community members

If you or someone you know needs assistance with advocacy, contact us via our convenient contact form or call our office at 336-248-2842.

Resources and Referrals

Do you need support and services but not sure where to turn? Get in touch with us. We are here to help you navigate your journey.

We have an extensive list of community partners and resources. All of us are happy to assist you!

Residential Support

The Arc of Davidson County manages 4 group homes throughout Lexington. During the day, residents are employed in the community, involved in community activities, or engaged in a prevocational work setting. In the afternoon, residents return home where Direct Support Professionals offer the support and guidance needed for community living.

Individual goal plans are developed and implemented with each resident to attain their highest level of independence. Goal plans include areas such as cooking, personal hygiene, social skills, budgeting, and constructive leisure activities.

Supports are individually based and can include:

  • Supervised living
  • Individual habilitation plan
  • Training in areas of independent living
  • Self-advocacy
  • 24-hour case management services
  • Professional staff
  • Transportation for medical and personal needs
  • Money management assistance and training
  • Vocational/employment assistance
  • Activities involving community inclusion

Summer Respite

Children of all ages enjoy opportunities to play with peers, participate in sports, work on arts and crafts, and enjoy their summer months. However, families of children with I/DD may have limited resources. Many summer camps may not have staff trained to support children with I/DD or may limit the age of participating children to 12 years.

For the past 10 years, The Arc of Davidson County has offered children with I/DD the same opportunities for typically developing children: the chance to participate in summer camp. Summer camp provides respite for families, often stretched to provide care for their child once school closes for the summer.

Davis-Townsend Elementary School at 975 Heath Church Road will host the inclusive camp. Camp begins daily at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday for 4 weeks. The cost per child per week is $5.00.

We partner with Davidson County Parks and Recreation for another summer of inclusively. Siblings, both typically developing and those with a disability, are encouraged to attend camp together. Children enjoy activities with peers, regardless of disability.

Our deep gratitude to our partners:

United Way of Davidson County

Our Summer Respite Camp accepts all school-age children. Activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Sports
  • Computer lab
  • Downtime
  • Special events and activities

Summer Application

The button below will open the Summer Application form for printing.

Summer Application

Community Support

We are now offering B3 Respite, Innovations Respite, Innovations Community Living and Support, and Innovations Community Networking.

For more information, email Lyndsay Martin  @ Lyndsaymartin@arcdavidson.org or call 336-248-2842.

Community Living And Support (Innovations):

  • Increases and maintains life skills
  • Provides technical assistance to unpaid supports who live with the person
  • Allows person to live in his or her own home or in the home of his or her natural support

Respite (B3 and Innovations):

  • Allows primary caregiver(s) to take a break

Community Networking (Innovations):

  • Activities based on person’s interests
  • Takes place in the community with people of all abilities
  • Develops social skills

Volunteering Opportunities

There are so many ways you can share your talents with The Arc Davidson County! If you wish to become a volunteer, don’t hesitate to
reach out to us. Thank you for considering our chapter.

Join The Arc of Davidson County

The Arc of Davidson County, Inc. is comprised of:

  • Caring families
  • Forceful voices
  • Meaningful opportunities
  • Effective coalition

Together, we can help improve the lives of people with disabilities in our community.
Call us today at 336-248-2842.

Help us ensure that these elements of support continue to work on behalf of both children and adults with I/DD, as well their families. United in numbers, our voice is a powerful one!

By becoming a member or renewing your present membership, you will enable us to continue offering programs and services. You will also be helping us in advocating with and for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

All benefits of individual membership afforded to members of The Arc of the United States also apply to members of The Arc of Davidson County.

Membership

Click on the button to download the Membership Application.

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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 6

8:30am-12:00pm

Barrier Awareness Day

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