The Arc New York believes that the ability of families to attain a desirable lifestyle for themselves and their family member with intellectual and other developmental disabilities should be maintained and continually strengthened. It is The Arc New York’s position that:
- We strive to address unmet needs on every level in whatever way is most effective.
- The family is usually the best source of support for an individual with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
- Family opinions, concerns and interest must always be listened to and be in service planning and in every facet of the individual’s life.
- In addition to family, other supports and services must be available throughout the life of this individual.
- The support necessary for the individual should be determined by the individual and the family.
- Families must be provided with sufficient information to make informed decisions and to advocate for services that will best meet the needs of their family member.
- These supports must assist families in the promotion of inclusion of children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in every aspect of their life in the community.
- Community-based support network of interested citizens and family members should be encouraged as part of the community that helps facilitate access to community resources.
- Advocates for local, state and national policy must be family centered and reflect the principles and goals of person-centered and self-determination strategies in all of their advocacy efforts.