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New Initiatives

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We strive to understand, anticipate and respond to the needs of the individuals we serve and our community through wide-ranging initiatives, innovative partnerships, and strategic planning for the future. Recent plans and initiatives include:

Future Forward: The Arc SF Strategic Plan 2016-2020

At the Arc San Francisco, we strive to be the leader in advancing lifelong learning and achievement for the adults with developmental disabilities we serve. Framed by our values of Client Success, Operational Excellence and Trust and Transparency, "Future Forward" is a three-year strategic roadmap designed to build a stronger organization, strengthen operations, and redefine how we envision the future for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, contact Connie Tabas at

Ready Set Fly! with The Arc SF and SFO

The Arc San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport and select carriers have partnered with The Arc San Francisco in a dynamic program designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities and families better prepare for the challenges of air travel. The program includes a pre-boarding workshop with helpful tools and tips provided by clinical specialists, plus an on-board practice. From ticketing and security to buckling up on a 747, the Ready Set Fly rehearsal provides all the sights, sounds and supports needed for a successful air travel experience. The program is offered annually in September and is sponsored by SFO, The Arc SF and partner carriers. For more information, contact Joanne Rolle, Chief of Services,

Filling the Gap in Alzheimer's and Dementia Care

To fill the gap in the care system for people living Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), the SF Department of Aging and Adult Services, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, The Arc San Francisco and UCSF, have teamed up to implement a 3-year training and support system for caregivers and service providers supporting seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities. Adults with Down syndrome are at particular risk for ADRD. The 3-year initiative includes a “Savvy Caregivers” training for families, the “Alzheimer’s Care Academy” for service providers, and dementia screenings in partnership with the UCSF Memory and Aging Clinic. Clients of The Arc SF identified as at risk for ADRD and their families will participate in the project, as well as other at risk individuals with developmental disabilities in the community and their families. For more information, contact Arc Project Lead Kristin Rains at

The Arc SF Path to College

The Arc San Francisco has been awarded grants from Salesforce and AT&T to help accelerate its education and employment initiative through supporting the enrollment and success of 100 adults with developmental disabilities at City College, San Francisco and other postsecondary institutions in 2016-2017. One student cohort will obtain certification and degrees to improve employability, while other students will have assistance to access noncredit courses. All program participants will benefit from an enriching college experience at a choice of inclusive campuses. The Arc will train and deploy education navigators who will assist students in vocation development, course registration and classroom accommodations using principles of universal desgin for learning (UDL). The initiative is a collaboration between City College of San Francisco (CCSF), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), University of Massachusetts-Think College, Boston, and Special Olympics Northern CA/Nevada. Other partners include Skyline College, College of Marin and San Francisco State University. Additionally, The Arc is partnering with University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to capture metrics and provide a foundation for scaling the program nationally. For more information, please contact Director of Employment & Education Kristen Pedersen,

Center for Health and Wellness

The Arc San Francisco is in Year 3 of a 3-year study on the disparity of health care for people with developmental disabilities. Funded by a cooperative agreement between The Arc US and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), the "HealthMeet" initiative aims to capture data related to the baseline health of study participants through screenings and interviews with followup referrals provided by Arc Health Advocates. The data will be consolidated with other Arc chapters across the US with the goal of better understanding and removing barriers to health care for individuals with developmental disabilities through systems change and increased access to health resources. For more information, please contact Director of Health, Wellness & Housing, Jennifer Dresen,

Anti-Bullying/Arc Allies Program

9 out of 10 LGBT youth report being bullied, and whether straight or gay, all clients of The Arc San Francisco have faced bullying throughout their lives. The Arc is now offering its leadership training to a broad base of clients who can benefit from an expanded curriculum that teaches conflict management, decision-making and defending against bullying. This program is training a new generation of young adults with disabilities to embody the values and responsibilities of being peer leaders and community ambassadors. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Education Cynthia Kreuz-Uhr,

Transformation through Technology

The Arc San Francisco is proud to partner with AT&T to transform the access and utilization of technology for individuals with developmental disabilities by incorporating Individual Technology Plans (ITPs) to define each Arc client's specific needs, strengths and opportunities related to technology. The ITP identifies technology goals that are attainable over the course of a year with the long-range goal of supporting a client's access and use of technology to advance progress in education, socialization, communication, employment training and career opportunities. We also celebrate our partnership with Comcast for transforming the Client Computer Lab, with updated hardware, software, WiFi and more. For more information about these initiatives, contact Marti Sullivan at


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