The Arc of East Central Iowa provides service, advocacy, inclusion, family, and community. More importantly, they help improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by atypical abilities.
One way they help other's with atypical abilities is with respite. Respite is the supervised temporary care of a child or adult with developmental disabilities. However, respite services may not be provided as daycare during times when the usual caregiver is working.
Madalyn, a child with atypical abilities, is utilizing respite care through The Arc. This has allowed Matt and Elizabeth to have date nights, volunteer at church/community events, have special time with Addison and Jayden and many other events when time away was needed. Matt and Elizabeth have attended several informational meetings (Building a Special Needs Trust, Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)) sponsored by The Arc.