The Arc discovered new ways.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are often assumed incapable of utilizing technology. But by supporting people in new ways, The Arc uncovered a Silver Lining connecting people with I/DD to the digital world. After suspending day and community programs for over 200 participants, the critical loss of supports inspired The Arc to re-imagine programming. Within weeks, The Arc distributed Chromebooks and began hosting over 30 hours a week of virtual programming to more than 150 people. The Family Supports Program provides connections to community resources, offers healthy relationship guidance, and creates meaningful bonds absent during social isolation. Karen, whose sister is supported by The Arc says,
"Thank you for giving my sister the opportunity to reconnect with friends and staff. During social isolation, the days are long. The programming is uplifting both emotionally and intellectually. I am so impressed with The Arc's commitment to expand technology and bring more activities each week. I cannot express how happy the programming makes my sister. My family appreciates all of your efforts!"
Responding to COVID-19 will require greater innovation and creativity if we are to meet the changing health and economic realities. You will make this possible through your generous bidding and your support of an hour or more of programming through Fund-a-Need.
Please be our COVID-19 Silver Lining.