The Arc Erie County PA

The Arc Erie County, PA

Information, Support and Advocacy

Navigating through educational, medical, government, and adult service systems can be difficult and overwhelming when a family member has a disability. The Arc Erie County can help.

About The Arc Erie County

As part of a national organization, our primary goal is to improve supports and services available for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That’s our responsibility. But locally, we see ourselves as much more! Together, we are a “family” of individuals working together to improve the quality of life for those in the greater Erie area facing challenges. Siblings, parents, friends, teachers, physicians, employers, and social workers – we see everyone as a valuable member of our community.

The Arc Erie County was founded in 1952 by Dr. Gertrude A. Barber and a group of dedicated parents sitting around a kitchen table. Together they worked to procure services for children and adults who were denied an education, the right to attend day care and preschools, and the right to work. Today, more than 70 years later, The Arc continues to build on the strong traditions of the past by serving all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the county.
The Arc Erie County is now an affiliate of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh as a member of the Achieva Family of organizations. The affiliation will help to support advocacy services needed by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Erie County when navigating complicated special education and adult service systems, as well as give them access to professional, compassionate, and innovative disability services offered by Achieva’s other affiliate organizations (Achieva SupportThe Family TrustAutism Connection of Pennsylvania)
We offer information, resources, technical assistance and advocacy on issues including early intervention, special education, inclusion, transition to adulthood, employment, housing, transportation, health care, Medicaid waivers and government benefits including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Income, Social Security Disability Income and non-government benefits including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and utility assistance.

We also work with state and federal legislators on issues that impact children and adults with disabilities and their families such as increased funding for early intervention and special education, increased funding for the waiting list and increased rates for home and community based services.
 
The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value, not by their disability. The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law. We believe in community, diversity, self-determination, and self-advocacy.
The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We represent the public interest, supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families regardless of the type of disability. The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication. The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.
By Appointment – Please send an email or call and leave a message to set up a date and time
Mail: P.O. Box 9155, Erie PA 16505

Katherin Reim
Executive Director 
Email kreim@achieva.info 
Phone 1.888.272.7729 Ext. 620 
Cell 814.504.5556

Wendi Wojtecki
Disability Advocate
Email wwojtecki@achieva.info 
Phone 1.888.272.7729 Ext. 490

Achievement Center – The Achievement Center provides child-centered and family-focused therapeutic services to children.

Disability Is Natural – The articles on this website can help you move beyond the status quo, whether you’re a person with a disability, a family member, or you work in the field.

Erie County Care Management, Inc. – Mental Health Administrative Case Management Service and Supports Coordination for Developmental Disability and Early Intervention provides the following (please click on link for more details).

Kids Together, Inc.™ – The Goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities. We support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.

National Down Syndrome Congress – Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress is the country’s oldest national organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

National Down Syndrome Society – The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 – The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 is one of 29 intermediate units throughout Pennsylvania, which were created in 1971 to provide services to school districts in ways that create cost savings and efficiencies in the delivery of services and programs for students and staff.

Pennsylvania Department of Education — The mission of the department is to academically prepare children and adults to succeed as productive citizens. The department seeks to ensure that the technical support, resources and opportunities are in place for all students, whether children or adults, to receive a high quality education.

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network – The mission of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.

Secondary Transition – This website provides youth, young adults, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals related to education, employment, and community living.

The Autism Society – Northwestern Pennsylvania – (ASA-NWPA) is a local chapter affiliated with the Autism Society of America (ASA), the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, which exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

The PEAL Center – The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with special health care needs and disabilities reaching out to assist other parents and professionals.

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The Arc Erie County Employees

Katherine  Reim

Katherine Reim

Executive Director, The Arc Erie County; Regional Trust Liaison, Achieva Family Trust
Wendi  Wojtecki

Wendi Wojtecki

Disability Advocate - The Arc of Erie County

The Arc Erie County Trustees

Rhonda  Schember

Rhonda Schember

The Arc Erie County Board Chair
Melanie  Hoover

Melanie Hoover

The Arc Erie County Chair Elect
Shawn  Miller

Shawn Miller

The Arc Erie County Vice Chair
Imarii  Anderson

Imarii Anderson

The Arc Erie County Trustee
Dr. Sean  Carroll

Dr. Sean Carroll

The Arc Erie County Trustee
Kayla  Quick

Kayla Quick

The Arc Erie County Trustee
Kim  Serafin

Kim Serafin

The Arc Erie County Trustee
Paul  Vallimont

Paul Vallimont

The Arc Erie County Trustee
Jerry  Wegley

Jerry Wegley

The Arc Erie County Trustee; Attorney, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Arc Erie Conference - 2022

This virtual conference covers topics like person-centered planning, future planning, assistive technology, and government benefits.

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Testimonials

The advocates have empathy deriving from their personal experiences. Each advocate has a family member with a disability which has cultivated the perservance and knowledge needed to support others.
Our advocate has been a true blessing to me and both my children. She has taught me so much about the IEP process and has given me the support my kids and I needed. I wish I had called sooner!! I can't thank her enough for all she does.
Our advocate was able to guide me step by step as to everything I needed to do to get help for my daughter. Before stopping to see her I had no idea to where to even begin. I am soo grateful for her knowledge and graceful personality.

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