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Community-Based Programs Created

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Community-Based Programs Created

Inclusion was the dominant theme for PARC throughout the 1980s, as the organization created community-based programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Major accomplishments included:

  • Initiation of a Government Contracts program to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities via a unique set-aside program created under the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act (JWOD). The Arc’s first contracts included custodial work at federal facilities, as well as a large commissary contract at Langley Air Force Base.
  • Establishment of two community-based group homes, one in Hampton and one in Newport News.
  • Creation of the Early Prevention and Intervention for Children (EPIC) program, initially sponsored by the Virginia United Methodist Agency for the Retarded (VUMAR). The program was originally housed in a facility in Hilton Village to be close to the families involved.
  • Development of the Supported Employment program, a specialized job placement and support service that helps individuals succeed in community-based jobs.
  • Establishment of an after-school and summer program for school-aged children with developmental disabilities.
  • Creation of an adult day support program in the Denbigh section of Newport News for older individuals and those with more significant disabilities.

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