The Arc of San Angelo encompasses several programs that aim to raise awareness and offer services for persons with disabilities, their families and the professionals in the field of service.
Autism Alliance of the Concho Valley
For those unfamiliar with us, the Autism Alliance of the Concho Valley was founded in November of 2015 by a very small group of passionate and dedicated volunteers. At this time the AACV was also lucky enough to be adopted as a program of The Arc of San Angelo, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our aim with the Autism Alliance is to provide support, community events, training, networking, and grants in order to help meet the specific needs of children and adults with autism, as well as their families, within the Concho Valley. Our hope is to foster a sense of community, support, and most importantly respect and accommodation for those on the Autism Spectrum.
Every April we participate Autism Awareness Month. This past year, The Autism Alliance partnered with a local theatre group to host an autism-friendly performance of Junie B. Jones. Board members and volunteers engaged in social media to promote awareness through stories and mimes, as well as live television interviews to discuss autism and the effects on the individual, family and community. The month ended with an Autism Walk with over 1200 people attending and donations in excess of $25,000 to purchase services such as iPads for augmentative communication and learning, specialized equipment, opportunities for families to attend state-wide conferences and more.
Spectrum Sitters is a program that connects parents of children on the autism spectrum to specially trained sitters who want to work with children. Spectrum Sitters recruits and trains teens, college students, and others who are then matched with families who need babysitting help for children age 12 and under.Learn More About Spectrum Sitters
2019 SAVE THE DATE!!! Walk for Autism
Saturday April 27, 2019
8:30AM - 11:00AM
Angelo State University
Pavillion at the Campus Green
The Walk for Autism is a donation drive and walk to support autism awareness in the Concho Valley. Teams and/or individuals can make donations or sign up to walk as a team during the event. Teams can compete with each other for top fund raiser leading up to the walk. ALL FUNDS RAISED STAY IN THE CONCHO VALLEY.
Presenting: Literature Alive 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
82 Gillis Street
Sensory Santa 2019
Check back in October for specific date/time/location
Sensory Santa is a holiday photo opportunity for families with children on the autism spectrum. We provide a mellow and laid-back setting for families to take holiday photos with santa without the stresses of a large public venue. Activity stations are also provided on site.
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The Arc began a new program in the Concho Valley in 1999 called the Guardianship Alliance. The program recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to serve as Advocates for low-income individuals with decision-making needs that have no other family or friends willing or appropriate to serve as their guardian.
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In 2011 the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities chose The Arc to pilot the only project on Supported-Decision Making in Texas. The three-year pilot identified benefits, target populations, barriers to implementation and use of this Less-Restricted Alternative. The main barrier was that a Supported-Decision Making Agreement would not be acknowledged by medical or other service providers because Texas law did not recognize the Agreement as lawful. Therefore, a bill was presented which resulted in legislation effective September 1, 2015 which allows families to avoid rights removal and costly legal fees when a possible Agreement can be executed between one willing to provide decision-making support to one who needs help with understanding the choices laid before him or her. The Arc facilitated the first Supported-Decision Making Agreement on September 1, 2015; the first of its kind in all the U.S. The Arc has now facilitated 5 additional agreements with 2 others in progress. The program is monitoring the use and effectiveness of the Agreements in order to provide continuous recommendations for improvement to the legislature.