Advocates work with consumer with intellectual & developmental disabilities, their families, and professionals to ensure that each consumer has the opportunity to develop his/her own skills in order to maximize full participation in all aspects of community life through consultation and education. We work with providers of services, employers, and other community members to guarantee quality of life and equality. We work with parents, local school districts and other professionals to ensure that each child receives a free and appropriate education, as well as assisting parents and families in locating and accessing available community services.
Community Resource Center (CRC)
The CRC provides a place to educate parents, families, and the community about issues of mental retardation. The CRC is also a place for the community to locate and utilize current information via a lending library. Computers with internet access are available for public use, free of charge. Computer training is available in the CRC to help people with MR and related disabilities develop computer skills based on their unique individual needs.
Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q)
Every year, thousands of people with disabilities, family members and support professionals in Pennsylvania are interviewed by the Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) project to learn about the overall quality of life for people who receive support through the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania. The key objective of IM4Q is to provide information that might help improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
The interviews are conducted in each of Pennsylvania’s 48 county Mental Health/Mental Retardation programs by 38 select, independent programs throughout the Commonwealth. Interview teams, each including a person with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability, are carefully selected and thoroughly trained before the interviewing begins.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University developed the program along with stakeholders, and it created the survey, provides training and technical assistance to the interviewers, analyzes the data, and produces an annual statewide summary report along with reports for each county program.
The Arc of Luzerne County currently conducts interviews throughout Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, as well as at White Haven Center.
Kids On The Block Puppets (KOTB)
An educational puppet program designed to enlighten all children about the abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Viewing a Kids on the Block performance is an unforgettable educational experience. The “kids” vividly and effectively model relationships between people, both with and without disabilities, by using frank and often humorous communication of facts and feeling between the puppet characters and the audience.
PA Independent Living Radio Show
Tune in to PA Independent Living Radio Show for live weekly discussions, Fridays 12:00-1:00 PM on a wide range of topics related to independent living in PA for individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) and autism. Self-advocates, family members, friends, providers, and others from I/DD and autism communities are welcome! All episodes are archived for playback at anytime from any Internet enabled device.
TRACE – TRAnsition to Community Employment
TRACE is a unique work readiness program developed by The Arc of Luzerne County, designed to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism prepare to successfully enter the workforce. The program was developed with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (CFDA #93.768). Visit TRACE online.