Individual Advocacy

Since 1969, The Arc of the Gulf Coast has been supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they navigate the often difficult and confusing paths to education, employment and independent and supported living. The Arc’s staff and expert volunteers provide advocacy and advice for individuals and families on decisions regarding education, transition, employment, guardianship, and other important issues. The Arc has a vast network of resources and can help individuals and their families to obtain the information and resources they need to ensure meaningful lives in the communities where they live.



Community Advocacy

The Arc of the Gulf Coast supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in efforts to improve legislation and policy at state and local levels. The Arc provides financial and other assistance to self-advocates as they serve on advisory groups and work with lawmakers to improve the legislative landscape for people with disabilities. The Arc also supports self-advocates as they provide training for the disability community on self-advocacy, self-determination, person-directed planning, and organizational development—helping people to help themselves.


Educational Advocacy