There are various types of advocacy: self-advocacy, group advocacy, legal advocacy, issue-based advocacy, and professional advocacy. But no matter how you approach it, advocating is a powerful way of speaking up for those who need support, of providing a united voice to propel an issue into the public eye.


At The Arc of DC we know that parents, relatives, and caregivers of children with special needs can find themselves challenged and frustrated by school rules, state legislation, or federal law that seems not to respect the rights and responsibilities of individuals with developmental disabilities.


The Arc of DC has always been a strong advocate and mentor for the developmentally disabled, and expends a vast amount of energy and resources to ensure that every voice is heard, every need answered.