Navigating complex systems of support can leave families and individuals feeling frustrated and alone. The Arc of the Gulf Coast  provides free advocacy services throughout the lifetime of an individual living with an intellectual and/or developmental disability:

  • From birth to early childhood (ages birth to 3)
  • School aged children (ages 3 to 21)
  • Adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (21 years and older)

We support both the individual with the disability and/or their family/guardians


Advocacy Services Offered:

Individual Advocacy Services:

  • Provide information regarding disability determination eligibility & options for evaluations
  • Listen to individuals with I/DD and their families to understand their wishes, needs, and goals.
  • Help individuals with I/DD and their families navigate laws, rules, and regulations that govern services for adults and children
  • Assistance with SSI, Medicaid, Long Term Care, Early Intervention, and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Protect the human and civil rights of individuals living with I/DD
  • Facilitate conflict resolution
  • Attend IEPs, Service Planning, and other meetings to provide support
  • Help determine services available for individuals with I/DD and assist them and their family/guardian in accessing services
  • Assist individuals with I/DD and their families with follow up to assure they are receiving appropriate services
  • For Individual Advocacy Services, please contact our Lead Advocacy Specialist at 281-388-1161 or You can also fill out the form below:

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