All Aboard The Arc! Ride For Respect. Leave No One Behind.

Again this year, the Brockton Area Arc (BAArc) will be joining together with other chapters of The Arc in Massachusetts for its largest combined awareness and fundraising event in The Arc’s 60 year history on May 18, 2013.

Public awareness of The Arc is essential to achieve the complete acceptance of people with disabilities as full and valued citizens of our state and communities. The “All Aboard The Arc!” event is a chance to unite and celebrate achievements while raising awareness and funds within local communities and across the state.

The Brockton Area Arc’s mission is to work in partnership with, and for, the community to provide advocacy, information, and direct services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. BAArc's services provide choice and empowerment while supporting individuals as they strive to realize their personal goals.

I've written before about my involvement with BAArc and this year I'm gearing up again to spread the word about all the good that they do and help them raise money.

Last year, so many of you helped support me in fundraising and raising awareness. I'm very grateful and hope to raise even more this year. The amount is quite doable. Just $500.00. We can raise that right?

Even more would be great! You can donate by clicking here and there are links all around the blog with more information. Raising more would help me cross off #8 on my life list too.

One of the things that I want to especially point out is the work of BAArc's Family Support Center. It provides information, education, and referral services to help parents manage the challenges of raising a child with disabilities.

Support groups and parent meetings let families connect with other families, share resources and build support networks. There is a Sunday Recreation Program, Extended Day Programs, and Sibshops, for brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs. Being a sibling is how I became involved with BAArc.

Also, the Brockton Area Arc has made a special effort to make sure that all families benefit from their services by hiring coordinators to reach out specifically to the Haitian and Cape Verdean communities in the Brockton area. The coordinators speak Haitian Creole and Cape Verdean Creole, so that people can feel comfortable speaking their native languages.

There will be more information in the coming weeks about All Aboard The Arc! and I hope you'll enjoy it all!

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