Our work is shifting the focus from “doing for” to “partnering with” the individuals and families we support.
The Arc’s Agency with Choice (AWC) program is funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and based on the philosophies of self-determination and self-direction. This empowering program allows individuals and families to customize their own services while receiving supports and consultation from Support Supervisors.
Individualized Day and Home Supports
Our AWC program has two separate components: the Individualized Day Supports and the Individualized Home Supports. As the Agency of Record, The Arc plays a co-supervisory role with the individuals and families we support.
We present ourselves not as we know it all, but as we are here to follow your lead. We have professional knowledge and information that may assist you. We see our role as consultants making recommendations when needed. As the Agency of Record we provide all of the trainings, supports, and record keeping required by the DDS Central Office.
History of AWC Program
In 1998, we began a pilot project empowering families to customize their own day supports. This project allowed them to maximize the flexibility, control, and decision-making they needed in order to support their adult children in reaching their potential in the community.
In 2004 we expanded our services to include individuals and families interested in creating their own customized home and residential options. In 2010 the DDS Agency With Choice program was created which enabled individuals and families to continue their individualized and customized approach. Our supports help to create unique and customized services that enrich people’s lives and their community.
Interested in Joining?
Applicants must be DDS eligible and referred formally by the DDS area office. Once referred, applicants must have an interview meeting with The Director and Assistant Director of DDS Programs.
If you are interested in joining our AWC program please contact Grimaldy Rios, Director of DDS Programs, at email@example.com or 978-373-0552 x215.