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The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties is affiliated with The Arc, The Arc of PA and other local chapters throughout the Commonwealth.

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Family Education began as an answer to the unmet needs of parents and families living with someone who has a disability. Families often need emotional support and training to develop new parenting skills and to become effective advocates for their children. 

The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties’ (CPARC’s) Family Education Program provides training, resources and education to families, gurdians, educators, and professional staff on issues affecting someone with IDD.  Family Education assists in gaining the most appropriate services, while developing skills to advocate for the individual with IDD. This stronger focus allows the adult or the child with IDD to have more consistency in their life,  giving them a greater chance of success.

The Family Education Program provides information about funding systems, legislative or regulatory systems, legislative bills, parent advocacy opportunities, and services available.

The Family Living Specialist is available to assist families who are interested in establishing a parent support group. The responsibilities of The Family Living Specialist are to help recruit members, find a location for meetings, and assist with organizing the initial meeting. As the group begins to maintain independence The Family Living Specialist reduces their involvement.

Educational seminars designed to keep families informed about the ever-changing service system are offered throughout the year, along with trainings on topics that will increase knowledge about parenting a child with a disability.  Seminars are developed according to the needs and interests of families.  

Seminars are designed for families of individuals with disabilities and are developed according to parent input.  Some of the education workshop topics have included: estate planning, family relationships, Social Security, behavior management and medical issues.

The Family Education Department also increases awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Fetal Alcohol exposure is the number one cause of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, in addition to causing many medical issues for the child. FASD is avoidable by women abstaining from alcohol use for the full nine months of pregnancy.  The Family Living Specialist speaks to groups of parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, educators, middle and high school students, and medical personnel on this subject. If you are interested in gaining more information on FASD, contact Carol O'Hara, The Family Living Specialist at CPARC.

Please view the Events Calendar and our home page for information on upcoming Family Education Seminars (Contact Carol O'Hara for details and registration)


Family Education
71 Ashland Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 249-2611
Fax: (717) 249-9411

Family Education is supported with funds from the Cumberland/Perry  I/DD Office and provides services at no charge to residents of Cumberland and Perry Counties.

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CPARC regularly advocates for or against legislation that affects children and adults who have disabilities.  Often, we join with other Local and State agencies to bring a particular issue to the forefront.  Many times, it is critical that a timely response be made to a proposed piece of legislation and/or legislators need to hear from large numbers in order to affect change.

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