Public Square Wilkes-Barre is host to many organizations that provide important services to residents of Luzerne County and the region. One of its residents, celebrating 60 years of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism, is The Arc of Luzerne County, located in the Luzerne Bank Building.
It’s a vibrant and exciting organization dedicated to its mission to improve the quality of life of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. As an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, The Arc of Pennsylvania, and local chapters of The Arc throughout the country, this chapter is connected to a great history and vast membership of community volunteers that has given it the reputation of the single most respected organization on I/DD in the United States.
The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.
Advocates work with individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities, their families, and professionals to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to develop his/her own skills in order to maximize full participation in all aspects of community life through consultation and education. They work with providers of services, employers, and other community members to guarantee quality of life and equality. Additionally, they work with parents, local school districts and other professionals to ensure that each child receives a free and appropriate education, as well as assisting parents and families in locating and accessing available community services.
The Arc also provides a variety of other services. Its most recent program launch is the TRACE program – you might recall finding information about it for our scavenger hunt for free tickets. TRACE is an acronym for Transition to Community Employment. It’s a workforce development program designed to be a bridge between secondary education and entering the workforce. The goal of the two-year program is to prepare participants with customized career exploration, financial and computer literacy, soft skills and job search training and apprenticeship experience to set them up for successful entry into the workforce. The program is hosted at Luzerne County Community College.
You’ll find more information on The Arc of Luzerne County and TRACE along with photos in the September edition of Independent NEPA magazine (one of our Redwood sponsors!).
We are delighted to have The Arc of Luzerne County on board as one of the two charities benefiting from 100% of the proceeds of NEPA BlogCon 2012.