Programs and Services
The Arc recognizes and upholds the rights of consumers and families by providing assistance in asserting their rights and finding appropriate services in all community arenas through the Advocacy program.
The Community and Educational Advocate at The Arc assists with improving links and communications between the Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities system, the community, and people who have developmental disabilities. The Arc’s advocates make referrals and assist with problem-solving. They assist parents with understanding and assuring their child’s rights within the public education system and support adults with living, working, legal, medical and other issues.
If you are in need of advocacy support, contact Kathy Gingerich, (717) 920-2727; by fax at (717) 920-2730; or by email.
The Arc provides a variety of educational options open to local school districts as well as consumers, parents, families, and professionals in the Intellectual Disabilties System.
Individualized and Customized Training
Each of the services in the Individualized and Customized Training programs are designed to help people with intellectual disabilities learn the skills they need to live fuller, more successful lives. Below you will find more information about each type of training program offered at The Arc.
Respite and Camping
Many of The Arc’s respite camping opportunities take place at Camp Sertoma, a 69 acre facility just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For more than 50 years, Camp Sertoma has provided high-quality, fun and active camp experiences for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, as well as important respite time for their families and caregivers. Owned and operated by The Arc of Dauphin County, Camp Sertoma is a safe, secure environment with comfortable, well-equipped facilities. Located in beautiful wooded hills just outside of Harrisburg, PA, Camp Sertoma is a peaceful, scenic place where campers can have fun being themselves in the company of their friends. And whether it's swimming, hiking, dancing, playing basketball, learning computer skills, or listening to the music of a live band, the active, hands-on programming at Camp Sertoma is designed to build important skills, confidence and independence that will help campers succeed.
For specific camping dates, visit the "Events" tab on our homepage, or to learn more about any of the respite camping opportunities available at The Arc, contact the office at 717-920-2727.
Each year, The Arc hosts a variety of annual special events for consumers, family members, and friends of The Arc.
For more information about any of these events, please contact us, at 717-920-2727