3901 Emerald Drive Suite B, Kalamazoo, MI 49001


The Arc Community Advocates

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilitiesFor people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Arc Community Advocates

Take a moment to watch this great video on how 

The Arc Community Advocates can help! 



We exist as an advocacy organization to make it possible for each person with a developmental disability to participate fully in all aspects of community and to support the effort of each individual to determine his/her own future.


As an affiliate member of The Arc, Community Advocates believes:

  • Everyone is a valued, contributing member of their community.
  • The Arc helps self-advocates and their families by creating opportunities, so that they can achieve their goals.
  • The Arc fosters respect and protects the human rights of people with I/DD and their families.
  • For over 60 years, The Arc has been a family-focused, grass roots organization.
  • The Arc is the resource of first choice for people with I/DD and their families regardless of the diagnosis and at all stages of life.


Michigan alliance for families


The Arc Community Advocates and The Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) have an

educational relationship that spans six counties. Families with a student with a intellectual

and/or developmental disability, who do not yet have an IEP (Individualized Education Program)

or have not yet accessed Special Education Services are referred to MAF for parent mentoring

and information on the Special Education process.

The six counties we serve under our MAF contract are Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien, Van

Buren and Barry. Michigan Alliance for Families is our state’s federally funded Parent Training

and Information Center. They are a Michigan Department of Education IDEA Grant Funded


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