Advocacy & Family Support

Berkshire County Arc’s Advocacy and Family Support services are designed to support children and adults with disabilities living in the community with their families

Self-Advocacy Groups
Berkshire County Arc supports two self-advocacy groups: the Berkshire Self-Advocates, and the Southern Berkshire Self-Advocates. The groups meet monthly to discuss issues of concern (such as accessibility, safety, human rights, and diversity) and host special events.

Central and Southern Berkshire County Family Support Center
BCArc’s Family Support Center offers a wide variety of services throughout central and southern Berkshire County, including:

  1. Information and referrals to a broad range of resources and service providers in Berkshire county
  2. Service navigation or case management for families through the closed referral service accessible through the Department of Developmental Services
  3. A library where families can browse or borrow resources on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, nutrition, and assistive technology
  4. Educational advocacy is provided by trained advocates, who will consult with family members to review Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and discuss implementation meetings. Educational Advocates can attend up to two IEP meetings per year, and provide guidance to help family members advocate for their children.
  5. Family networking and training events are scheduled year-round on topics of interest to our families. Visit our Calendar of Events.
  6. Social and recreational opportunities include annual events such as the Buddy Walk, Sprout Film Festival, Family Support Spring Break Camp, as well as a monthly “Chance to Dance” community dance, and regular parties and social events.

Respite Services
Available to qualified individuals through our planned respite house, and through individualized supports.  Respite services are intended to provide a break for family members while at the same time enhancing community opportunities for their family member with a disability.

Family Support Groups

  1. Autism Family Group
  2. Down Syndrome Family Group
  3. South County Family Group

Contact Us
Cybèle Kilby
Director of Day & Family Enrichment Services
413-464-7262 ext. 20

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