The Arc of Northwest Wayne County (The Arc NW) promotes and increases successful school to community transitional outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through advocacy and information. The Arc of NW works to provide the information and advocacy support needed to achieve the development and implementation of successful self-determined transition plans that result in access to continuing education, community-social-civic connections, employment, their own home, and appropriate services from Community Mental Health and Michigan Rehabilitation for a successful self-determined life in the community. The project utilizes group and one-on-one training sessions for students with I/DD and their families about Person Centered Planning, Self-Determination to incorporate parenting and educational goals that promote independence and choice. Additional components include: referrals that support transitional outcomes to the appropriate agencies; monthly meetings and contacts with collaborative partners; training and advocacy support to acquire entitlements and support from Social Security, Medicaid, Community Mental Health, etc.; educational advocates promote appropriate Individual Education Plan transition goals and objectives; and Arc staff independently facilitates Person Centered Plans (PCP) or advocate at the PCP for transitioning students.
Submitted by The Arc of Northwest Wayne County.