What is I/DD?
Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are terms used to describe a subset of the population with any type of disability. Intellectual Disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many every day social and practical skills. Developmental Disabilities are severe, lifelong disabilities attributable to mental and/or physical impairments which manifest themselves before the age of 22 years and are likely to continue indefinitely. I/DD include Down syndrome, Fragile X, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, and Intellectual Disability unspecified; there are hundreds of other specific diagnoses that also involve I/DD. **Source American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Life Enrichment Programs
One of the greatest challenges for families caring for individuals with significant disabilities is finding quality, affordable care that meets the developmental, physical, or behavioral needs of their family member. The Arc of San Antonio works with children and adults through our life enrichment programs. These programs allow children and adults with I/DD to be a part of the community, learn new skills, enhance current skills and have fun with friends. Learn more about our children’s and our adults’ program.
Support for Families
The Arc of San Antonio offers a free case management program which help families caring for children and adults with I/DD connect to community programs and funding sources. Our case managers also work diligently to help families navigate the network of service providers in Bexar County. The goal is to help families move toward greater independence and self-advocacy. We currently offer 3 programs: Community Services Case Management—CSCM; Community Living Assistance and Support Services—CLASS and Family Support Services.
For over 60 years, The Arc has filled the gaps within the special needs community. The Arc is successful because of the generosity of our community. Each donation goes directly to programs and services for children and adults with I/DD.