History & Recent Events:
In 1962, a small group of Daytona Beach parents banded together and started the work that would later become known as “The Arc Volusia.” For 53 years, this agency has been providing unique opportunities for hope, growth, and change to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We serve our friends with disabilities by providing:
- Life skill development, with the goal of increasing their independence
- Educational opportunities
- Life enriching experiences
- A sense of purpose & fulfillment
Providing the opportunity for hope, growth, and change to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.
Our Clients are our FRIENDS:
Words matter. We recently sat down with a group of our clients to seek their input about a number of issues. One of the topics that came up was how we should refer to our “clients” with disabilities. Many terms have been used by agencies in our field over the years, including: consumers, clients, customers, and so forth. After a few minutes, one of our clients with a down syndrome diagnosis said, “How about friends.” We liked that idea a LOT. It fits our culture as an agency. Our clients really are our friends – and we hope to be theirs. So – as you browse our site you’ll see both terms used – but just know that whenever possible we will use the term friend…and we mean it!
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ADULT BASIC EDUCATION:
During the month of November we are covering the topic of “Community Helpers”. Various community helpers have been scheduled to come and give a presentation at both campuses throughout the month. For the presentation, the community helpers explain the importance of their job and its importance for the community. Recently we had the DeLand firefighters come to the Deland Campus to talk about fire safety, how to prevent fires at home, and show us all the gadgets they use during a service call.
CHARITY MOTORCYCLE RIDE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
The Arc of Volusia held a Charity Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, October 21st during Biketoberfest. More than 20 motorcycles participated in the ride representing several riders from out of state. Everyone had a great time and we raised over $800 for The Arc of Volusia!
WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AT OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION!
The Arc of Volusia celebrated Independence Day by hosting a party at both the Daytona Beach and Deland Campuses. Our friends and staff enjoyed a BBQ, water slide, balloon toss, and more! The day was made possible through donations from the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Campaign. Thank you to the St. Paul’s Church Knights of Columbus, the Prince of Peace Knights, and St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus!
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