Resources

Find Resources and Support

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust staff at The Arc of San Antonio to help navigate complex systems and find the RIGHT services for their loved one. We have experience and the knowledge to help you! When you contact the Arc by phone, email or in person we will connect you with our Help Desk staff.  If you submit questions online using the “Ask the Help Desk” form a staff person will contact you typically within one business day.  

Employment

Historically, most people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been unemployed or under employed although they are able to work in the community. Resources are available to help individuals find and maintain employment. The Arc can assist you with understanding employment options for people with IDD.

Future Planning

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities desire to live a fulfilling, meaningful life. Planning for the future can include financial security, legal assistance or discovering ways to develop a network of family and friends. The Arc can assist you with understanding future planning for people with IDD.

Government Benefits

State and federal benefits are often available for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc can assist you with understanding available benefits for people with IDD.

Guardianship and Alternatives

When a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities reaches the age of 18 yo they are considered an adult and will be looked at for decision making - unless they have a legal guardian. Alternatives to guardianship are available to assist caregiver with their loved one (Supported Decision-Making, Powers of Attorney, Representative Payee, and others) as well as full guardianship. The Arc can assist you with understanding guardianship and alternatives.

Housing

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families may face barriers in finding housing options that work best for them. The Arc can assist you with understanding housing options for people with IDD.

Post-High School Options

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities aging out of the school system have opportunities to attend day programs and College programs. The Arc can assist you with understanding options available for people with IDD.

Public Policy

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family members, and their allies can get involved in their local, state and federal governments on issues important to them. By telling your own story, you can effect positive change benefitting all Texans with IDD. In the disability community, we call this advocacy. The Arc can assist you with public policy issues that affect people with IDD.

Special Education

Special education addresses advocacy, academic issues, evaluations, developing and implementing Individual Education Plans and determining placement. The Arc can assist you with understanding special education advocacy options for students with IDD.

Medical

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities face challenges when seeking affordable health care, behavioral supports, therapy and specialty care. The Arc can assist you with finding appropriate medical supports.

Recreation/Socialization

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities desire to socialize and spend time with peers. The Arc can assist you with identifying programs for children and adults.