The Arc of Virginia is the state chapter of The Arc of the United States, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The Arc’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with ID/DD and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime. The Arc of Virginia is composed of 25 local chapters around the Commonwealth, whose members include people with ID/DD, family members, advocates and concerned citizens. The Arc advocates for all people with ID/DD, regardless of age, diagnosis or complexity of support needs. This includes those who live in the community, as well as those who live in institutions.
New Path, the support network for families in early intervention, is a program of The Arc of Virginia. When parents first learn their child is developing differently than expected, it can be overwhelming. They are thrust into a new world that often transforms their notions of what being a parent would be. Getting children started in early intervention (EI) is critical, but it’s often not enough. Parents need information, support, and so much more. New Path will guide them as their children move through EI and transition to the next step.
New Path and The Arc is there to help families navigate the system … from the very start of the journey and, if necessary, throughout a lifetime. They will help families understand all of the jargon, and will introduce parents to fellow parents. They will make sure families know what their rights are. They will share success stories as well as tips for dealing with challenges.