Moving to a small town in a new state with
three children, two of whom have
disabilities, and a minimal circle of
support sounds like the beginning of a
nightmare; but for the Couldridge family it
was a way of life.
In 2003, Anne and Mark
Couldridge and their three sons moved to
Carlisle, PA. The military family was
excited to have a place to settle in and
call home. But like moving to any new place,
they knew it would be challenging to find
support for their two sons with
disabilities. they began seeking services
for their oldest son, Mathew, who has
intellectual disabilities. The Couldridge's
found CPARC's Advocacy Services.
Little did they know
these skills would be essential in helping
their youngest son, Connor, succeed in
school. Transitioning from elementary
school to middle school can be a trying time
for any child. For a non-verbal young man
diagnosed with autism, it can be unbearable.
The Couldridge's expected it and started
preparing well in advance.
typically happy personality and willingness
to help with household chores were quickly
replaced with agitation and an increased
number of outbursts.
With the knowledge of
their rights and a son who was slowly
slipping into chaos, Anne and Mark knew they
needed support from Advocacy Services. Cindy
Adam's CPARC Special Education Advocate,
began frequently attending team meetings.
Her expertise and professional demeanor
created a bridge between the family and
"Cindy provided a
voice of reason. It was helpful having a
professional on our team to explain our
options and delegate situations we could not
do as parents." - Anne Couldridge
Advocacy Services has
been the backbone of support for the
Couldridges and their children.
Advocacy Services are
available to anyone, regardless of age or
income. Services are provided at NO
COST to individuals with
intellectual disabilities and/or their
families in Cumberland & Perry Counties.
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Chris was having difficulty functioning successfully in the classroom and was refusing to attend school before CPARC’s Advocates began working with him. With CPARC’s help, Chris successfully fulfilled his IEP requirements and is now a high school graduate.
Our Special Education Advocate helped redirect Chris’ team to focus on his specific needs and a new educational plan was developed. Chris began working full-time, and he completed his academic school work independently, while meeting with his teacher a few times a week.
To assure confidentiality to our clients, names have been changed.
• 429 people received resource materials on
special education, effects of medication and
people attended 17 free training seminars in
2013. Some topics included: Sibling Relationships,
Wills and Trusts, Technology and Me, and Preparing
the Child with Autism/Asperger Syndrome for
195 people (93 parents, 102
professionals) from 16 Pennsylvania counties
attended the 14th Annual Special Education Seminar.
CPARC awarded 13 non-paying parent
scholarships. (100% of parents in attendance
reported an increase in their skills and felt they
could provide meaningful input into their child's
120 individuals received one-on-one specialized
assistance, as Advocates represented their needs.
parents/families received individualized assistance
at meetings for their children.
individuals from other social service agencies
received information and/or referrals.
local school districts requested resource materials
for their educational professionals.
continued its Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness
Campaign. Outreach efforts targeted young women and
warned them of the dangers of drinking alcohol while
pregnant. Trainings were provided to families,
teachers, and students.
•Advocates implemented a series of classes with the
ID/Aging Task Force, that teach people with
intellectual disabilities about retirement options.