Empowering Central Texans with intellectual & developmental disabilities since 1949 through case management and innovative programs. #ArcAustin
The Arc of the Capital Area, a non-profit organization, is committed to promoting independence and choice by providing individualized services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Operating as usual
#ArcArtist Miranda is fun, upbeat, and a joy to be around! She brings that into her artwork, making the pieces whimsical and playful. Check out her work on Monday!
1: Artist Miranda F. and pic
2: Miranda has an infectious laugh and a smile that brightens the room! Miranda loves to attend art lessons and follows along closely, taking in the lesson and making it her own. Miranda loves yoga and dance. She will often come to class with a song request and make sure we all have a boogie. Miranda likes to draw characters and use lots of bright colors; her style is whimsical and playful. Miranda is a joy to be around and brings her wonderful personality into everything she does.]
Despite a desperate community call to action and national movement for deinstitutionalization, 13 large isolating state institutions still exist here in Texas. It costs $292,008 per year per person to institutionalize. It’s important to give individuals with IDD the supports necessary to allow them to live independently and remain at home. ArcAustin.org/Case-Management
[Image description: Texas has the highest institutionalized population of individuals with IDD of ANY state. 13 large isolating state institutions still exist in Texas, and the State prioritizes funding these institutions over community-based care. How we are creating CHANGE. In 2021 we helped 563 individuals remain at home]
Barks for Beers is 4/29-5/31! Get your tickets at https://divinecanines.org/barksforbeers/ and support free dog therapy!
#DogTherapy #PetTherapy #Beer
Divine Canine Frida reminds everyone that you can have a great time at 12 Fox Beer Co. even before Cinco de Mayo and Barks for Beers. But starting April 29 and running through May 31, buy your Divine Canines pint glass and Pawsport at any of our 30 participating breweries, and get a pour at each any time during the event. Proceeds support the FREE therapy dog services of Divine Canines. www.divinecanines.org/barksforbeers #barksforbeers Photo courtesy of Volunteer Carmen Hernandez.
Congratulations! You’re graduating high school this year! Now what do you do? Come learn about jobs, education after high school, guardianship, and more at our Transition Fair at Candlelight Ranch on 4/23! It’ll be fun for the whole family, with accessible zip lines, archery, sensory-friendly programming, community guest speakers, and lots more!
[Image description: Happy Graduation! ...now what? Learn about education after high school, jobs, guardianship, ABLE accounts, and other important information for families or individuals with disabilities. Free & open to the public. Transition fair. April 23rd, 10am-3pm. Candlelight ranch. ArcAustin.org/Transition-Fair]
Students at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center collected flowers, leaves, and other organic materials from outside. Students then arranged their natural materials onto a piece of paper and sprayed different sections of their paper with blue, yellow, and green water to create organic silhouettes! What can you make with nature objects as you #TakeAWalkInThePark? #Nature
Thursday is Performance Night! You’ll hear students’ stories, watch a speech by Lizzie M., and enjoy the many talents of the students! You can bring a song, dance, or poem when you come, and you can join in for the talent portion of the evening!
#Austin #Performance #TalentShow
Thank you for coming and making us smile, Princess Buttercup Dumptruck!
Divine Canines #DogTherapy #Dogs
Divine Canine Princess Buttercup Dumptruck brought smiles and laughter to Stephanie and Brandon during a recent visit to a class at The Arc of the Capital Area. Photo courtesy of Lara Popkess of The Arc.
One man's personal take on autism, from his own story.
What autism means to me: A personal story Autism means a lot of different things to different people. For me, autism is a part of who I am.
This lovely piece by #ArcArtist Katie J. is entitled Skybreak. You can get custom reprints of this and other pieces on https://www.pictorem.com/gallery/The.Arc.of.the.Capital.Area!
Meet #ArcArtist Katie J. She loves coming to The Arc and seeing friends, and she creates beautiful abstract paintings! Check out her work on Monday.
1: Artist Katie J.
2: Katie is a bubbly, social artist who enjoys painting how she feels. Katie paints as much as she can and loves using colors that reflect her emotions for the day. When Katie isn't painting, she enjoys swimming at the pool and sharing her artwork with people and hearing what they have to say. She also enjoys the challenge of painting on larger canvases. Katie creates beautiful abstract paintings with acrylic paint and loves to layer her colors!]
Only 29% of adults with disabilities are employed. Want to help make significant change? Reach out today to partner with us on disability inclusion in the workplace. Info @ ArcAustin.org #FactFriday #Disabilities #Employment
We’re excited to announce that we will be having a sensory-friendly Transition Fair on 4/23 at Candlelight Ranch ! There will be guest speakers, community organizations, and accessible activities for all, including mindfulness in nature, improv, archery, & hiking! Session topics include Navigating the Waiver Systems, Understanding ABLE Accounts, Employment after High School, etc. Let us know you’re coming to this FREE event here: https://zcu.io/rMYe.
1: Join us! Transition Fair. Sensory Friendly. Family Event. Saturday April 23, 2022, 10am-3pm. Location: Candlelight Ranch. Sign Up Now: https://zcu.io/rMYe. for more information visit www.ArcAustin.org/Transition-Fair.
2: Transition Fair. Discover our top picks of information sessions and learn from industry leaders in the area. ArcAustin.org/Transition-Fair. [email protected]. Our awesome information sessions:
Benefits and more: Learn about Medicaid, SSI, Able Accounts and more!
Transition: education, employment and community after high school: What opportunities are there after high school and how to navigate them?
Guardianship alternatives: Guardianship can be beneficial for some, but is it the only option? We will discuss pros & cons to guardianship and what other options there are!
...And many more
The Arc of the Capital Area services. The Arc of the Capital Area offers a large portfolio of services! Come find out how we can support you and your loved one.
Candlelight Ranch: Outdoor Explorers. Come learn about Outdoor Explorers, a program designed to assist adolescents and adults with I/DD in getting active outdoors and learning about nature with peers!
3: Family activities. Check out the fun for everyone! Art, rock climbing, zip lines, visits with Comet and Astro [graphic of a horse], mindfulness with nature, archery, yoga, tree house fun, Backyard Bass, nature scavenger hunt, improv in nature. For more information: [email protected]]
How are you doing after the storm this week? Is everyone ok?
We’re getting ready for our Performance Night! Join us on 3/31 from 6-7pm at The Arc of the Capital Area to see students share their stories and talents! RSVP to Luke at lwallens @ arcaustin.org. See you there!
1: 4 people practicing for Performance Night at The Arc, one is bowing with outstretched arms.
2: Save the date. The Arc of the Capital Area Performers Present: Performance Night. March 31st 2022 6-7pm. To RSVP, sign up and/or for more information, contact Luke at lwallens @ arcaustin.org]
One simple way to support individuals with disabilities, or anything else you’re passionate about, is to do your Amazon shopping on https://zcu.io/jXU8. Just select your nonprofit of choice, do your regular shopping, and a portion of the proceeds will go to that nonprofit! We’re biased, but we think nonprofits that support Texans with disabilities are great candidates 😊
Show of hands - who has been around The Arc long enough to remember this piece by Emily D. from almost a decade ago??
We are so proud of Arc Artist Emily D. whose paintings have been published in a "A Room of Golden Shells: 100 Works by Artists and Writers with Down Syndrome!" http://bit.ly/WVYG2S
It’s World Down Syndrome Day, a day to bring awareness and acceptance. Down Syndrome occurs when there’s an extra copy (full or partial) to chromosome 21. Learn more about Down Syndrome at https://zcu.io/viT4
Tomorrow is International Day of Happiness. Tell us in the comments – what is something that makes you happy? It could be your dog, a flower, sunshine, a particular person, or whatever it is that is making you smile today.
Today is Holi, otherwise known as the Festival of Colors. Enjoy this colorful piece entitled “Bangladesh Elephant” by Haji A. today!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Can you spot something green in each of these photos? Each month our Adult Case Management Program hosts socials where we laugh, play games or do activities, and eat food provided by the wonderful National Charity League, Inc.!
We’ve been having fun at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Education Program! We have explored their Silvana exhibit, made faces by sticking nature objects to trees using mud, making sun prints, creating artwork, and having an outdoor dance party with the University of Texas Austin School of Nursing students!
This gorgeous piece by Stephen R. is called “Fiery Poppies,” and it is so striking!
Save the date! Transition fair combined with a free Family Day at Candlelight Ranch on 4/23!
Meet #ArcArtist Stephen. If you come to visit The Arc, he is one of the first students you will encounter, because he loves welcoming new people, showing them around, and making them feel at home. Check out one of his paintings tomorrow.
"There are lots of different ways to be autistic. That is okay!...ASAN advocates for a world where all autistic people have equal access, rights, and opportunities. Nothing About Us, Without Us!" - https://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/about-autism/ #Autism The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
About Autism - Autistic Self Advocacy Network Autism is a developmental disability that affects how we experience the world around us. Autistic people are an important part of the world. Autism is a normal part of life, and makes us who we are. Autism has always existed. Autistic people are born autistic and we will be autistic…
Ariana R. and Erin R. have both been accepted as one of the 21 artists for the Madison House Autism Foundation “Autism After 21” Art Show on 4/21! The goal of this art show is to spread knowledge and awareness of the talents and abilities of adults on the autism spectrum.
“Madison House Autism Foundation is a national nonprofit which aims to promote, model and advocate for the full inclusion of adults with autism and their families in the life of our communities; and to expand choice and opportunity in housing, employment, and social participation.”
"Once I started talking to people about our children’s diagnoses, I quickly realised that these myths were even more common than I had first thought."
What not to say to someone whose child is autistic - Reader's Digest Autism is widely misunderstood by the general public which can mean many parents of autistic children face ignorant questions. Here's what not to ask
“Heart” by Cindy A. was based on an art lesson about 20th-century American artist Alma Thomas. Learn more about Alma Thomas here: https://www.almawthomas.org/alma-w-thomas/about/.
We are thankful for social workers. You’ve probably benefited from their work and may not even know it. They have fought for Civil Rights, the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, mental health, independence for individuals with disabilities, and the list goes on and on. How have you been impacted by a social worker?
#SWMonth2022 #RightTimeforSocialWork National Association of Social Workers
Yesterday was International Women’s Day, so we wanted to highlight an Art & Education student who is an advocate for women. Go make history, Lizzie!
For parents of children with special needs: you're invited to an informational session conducted in Spanish about Medicaid Waivers.
Any Baby Can
Jueves 31 de Marzo, 12–1pm: Sesión informativa para padres de niños con necesidades especiales de información sobre los servicios de exenciones de Medicaid.
- con Any Baby Can y The Arc of the Capital Area
We are so grateful for our generous supporters who gave during #ILiveHereIGiveHere. Each gift will allow us to further our mission of supporting Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, employment, independent living, dog therapy, educational advocacy and transition services. Thank you to all who took part in this day with us and helped us raise $26,587!
I Live Here I Give Here
When The Arc of the Capital Area was founded in 1949, parents of a child with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD) were often told their only option was to place their child in an institution. The Arc of the Capital Area was founded by parents of children with I/DD who knew that their children deserved the opportunity to remain in the community, attend public school, and access the resources and opportunities that were available to other children. Since then, our organization has worked toward a future in which people with I/DD have the same opportunities as others to pursue full and productive lives.The Arc of the Capital Area, a nonprofit organization, is committed to empowering Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through compassionate case management and innovative programs. The Arc of the Capital Area was formed in 1949 by a group of concerned parents trying to advocate for their children with disabilities. We are one of 31 local chapters of The Arc in Texas, The Arc is a national organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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