Advocacy for people with developmental disabilities is central to the mission of The Arc of South Norfolk. For more than half a century, The Arc of South Norfolk has steadily advanced causes such as better education, community awareness, meaningful employment, sports and social activities and expansion of residential options. Parents and caregivers began this movement and expanded it to the point where a professional staff was needed to manage all the programs. Parents and families continue to form the core of advocacy at The Arc of South Norfolk and in the community.
The Arc of South Norfolk Board of Directors, the Family Support Advisory Council, Our Club (a self-advocacy group) and the Family Autism Steering Committee consider continuing and emerging issues that require public education, work with legislators, and provide other means of advocacy. The professional staff is available to provide advocacy on behalf of individuals and groups who need programs and services.