General Advocacy

The goal of The Arc’s advocacy services is to assist individuals and their families in becoming effective self-advocates by increasing their knowledge of personal choice, and advancing their independence. The Arc provides information and referral services, access to community resources, and access to trainings, as well as one-on-one advocacy in the following areas:


  • Assistance with applying for Entitlement Programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Food Assistance, and Adult Home Help (fees may apply)
  • Consultation for Alternatives to Guardianship and guardianship support (fees may apply)
  • Housing Resources
  • Community Inclusion and Recreational Services
  • Community Mental Health and Person Centered Planning
  • Medicaid Fair Hearings

For more information, please contact advocate Jennifer Vandermark by emailing or calling 586-469-1600 ext. 143.


Special Education Advocacy

The Arc of Macomb County partners with Michigan Alliance for Families to provide information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. Their website can help you with finding information on special education issues as well as disability specific information.


Through Michigan Alliance for Families parents can connect directly to a local mentor to address the families’ needs.  All Michigan families are able to access 1:1 support, electronic and printed resource information, and referrals to local community resources.