The Arc of San Angelo encompasses several programs that aim to raise awareness and offer services for persons with disabilities, their families and the professionals in the field of service.
Autism Alliance of the Concho Valley
The Autism Alliance of the Concho Valley was founded in November of 2015 by a very small group of passionate and dedicated volunteers. At that time, the AACV was also lucky enough to be adopted as a program of The Arc of San Angelo, a 501©(3) non-profit.
The aim of the Autism Alliance is to provide support, community events, training, networking, and grants in order to help meet the specific needs of children and adults with autism, as well as their families, within the Concho Valley. Our hope is to foster a sense of community, support, and most importantly respect and accommodation for those on the Autism Spectrum.
Our fun and unique events like Summer Splash, ThAUTul Theater, and Sensory Santa allow children on the spectrum to attend without worry about safety or disruption knowing that the festivities are tailored to their needs. Training programs like Spectrum Sitters provide training to young adults and potential caretakers of children with autism. Finally, our grants help meet the needs of area families AND teachers!
Since our start, we have brought a variety of services and programs to the autism community in the Concho Valley, and we have big plans for even more ways to serve. We rely on the generosity of individual donors, fund raising teams, and corporate sponsors to keep us going and growing.
Spectrum Sitters is a program that connects parents of children on the autism spectrum to specially trained sitters who want to work with children. We teach some of the basics of caring for a child on the spectrum. We provide tips, tricks, and tools for dealing with some common issues, and then offer full CPR and first aid certification. THEN, we provide networking support by connecting parents with our trained sitters.Learn More About Spectrum Sitters
AACV Family Grant
Our grant programs are one of a kind in our area as well. Through our AACV Family Grant Program, we have the immense pleasure of providing families with technology, sensory tools, adaptive equipment, communication devices, and so much more just to help ensure that our dear friends with autism have every advantage. For more details and the requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
AACV Teacher Wish List Grant
In 2019, we were able to launch the AACCV Teacher Wish List Program, through which we can serve the teachers who do so much for kids on the spectrum. Our first round of Teacher Wish List Grants was a HUGE success, and we cannot wait to see what a difference we can help our educators make. Stay tuned for the next round of the Teacher Wish List in the Fall of 2019.
2019 SAVE THE DATE!!! Walk for Autism
Saturday April 27, 2019
8:30AM - 11:00AM
Angelo State University
Pavillion at the Campus Green
The AACV Walk for Autism is our biggest community event, and only major fundraiser. Participants are encouraged to form teams, recruit members, set fund raising goals, and rally together to raise money for a great cause.
On Walk Day, we have a host of activities and sensory-friendly family fun. Walkers can visit our resource fair to get information and make valuable connections with the autism resources available right here in West Texas.
We are thrilled to announce that 2018 was a HUGE year for the AACV, thanks entirely to our teams and sponsors. We broke our record by bringing in over $40,000 in funds, every cent of which will be spent on supporting those with autism in the San Angelo area.
No ThAUTful Theatre Event is currently scheduled.Learn More About ThAUTful Theatre
AACV Summer Splash
Everyone loves a good pool party. What better way to cool off from the west Texas heat! In the summer of 2018, we launched the biggest sensory friendly party in town. Then, we had so much fun we did it again. For 2019, we are planning on at least three. Summer Splash is a private and FREE pool party for anyone on the autism spectrum.
Our AACV families can come swim when the pool is closed to the public, and therefore less crowded. Lifeguards are always on duty, and everyone (even Mom) can have a chance to just relax and play for a while. We will even buy you a snow cone.
Please check back here and like our Facebook page for details and dates of the 2019 Summer Splash pool parties.
Sensory Santa 2019
Check back in October for specific date/time/location
Sensory Santa is a holiday event developed specifically to meet the needs of families affected by Autism and other sensory challenges. We work to eliminate long lines, reduce noise levels, and promote the comfort of each child. Children and their families will be able to take a picture with Santa in creative and sensory friendly ways to produce the perfect keepsake holiday photo.
We love getting to be a part of many cherished holiday memories, so stick around after your photo session to take advantage of our craft and activity stations.
The whole experience and CD of photos costs only $25 for families, and leaves everyone with priceless memories.
Please check back here in October 2019 and like our Facebook page for details and the date of Sensory Santa 2019.
Learn more about Autism Alliance of the Concho Valley:
The Arc began a new program in the Concho Valley in 1999 called the Guardianship Alliance. The program recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to serve as Advocates for low-income individuals with decision-making needs that have no other family or friends willing or appropriate to serve as their guardian.
Learn more about Guardianship Alliance:
In 2011 the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities chose The Arc to pilot the only project on Supported-Decision Making in Texas. The three-year pilot identified benefits, target populations, barriers to implementation and use of this Less-Restricted Alternative. The main barrier was that a Supported-Decision Making Agreement would not be acknowledged by medical or other service providers because Texas law did not recognize the Agreement as lawful. Therefore, a bill was presented which resulted in legislation effective September 1, 2015 which allows families to avoid rights removal and costly legal fees when a possible Agreement can be executed between one willing to provide decision-making support to one who needs help with understanding the choices laid before him or her. The Arc facilitated the first Supported-Decision Making Agreement on September 1, 2015; the first of its kind in all the U.S. The Arc has now facilitated 5 additional agreements with 2 others in progress. The program is monitoring the use and effectiveness of the Agreements in order to provide continuous recommendations for improvement to the legislature.