2019 Annual Appeal
Your support improves the lives of more than 500 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families that seek help from the agency’s Advocacy services.
People, like Sydney Wilson and her family, thank you. Social butterfly Sydney is an artist, athlete, and musician with Down syndrome whose life was changed by CPARC advocates.
The CPARC Foundation ensures that families receive support both now and in the future. Our mission is to secure funding to benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through the services of CPARC. In addition to helping individuals and families through Advocacy Services, CPARC offers programs to assist folks with housing, vocational training and employment, daytime programs, community engagement, and education.
“When Sydney was born, I didn’t have any idea about where to go. It was a little daunting, scary,” says mom, Tracy. “Life with Sydney is like running a race with hurdles. You get over one hurdle then see another one coming. But you get over it, go to the next one, and you get through it. You just figure things out along the way.”
Along her journey, Tracy figured out was how helpful CPARC’s special education advocates are. The Wilson’s reached out to CPARC’s Advocacy services to ensure that Sydney had equal access to opportunities available through the school system.
“It was really great to have a CPARC advocate with us,” Tracy says. “She helped us find a median between the school and our family, to come to an understanding.”
The challenge was finding out what Sydney wanted and then striking a balance between the school’s needs and parental expectations. “It was about figuring out what would work best for Sydney,” Holly Turner, Director of Advocacy services. “Sydney had a lot of opportunities. She loves people, and is very involved in school and community-based activities.”
Advocacy services through CPARC are available free of charge. Advocates meet people where they are and work to address the unique needs of each individual, Holly says. Advocates can help allay concerns, explain options available, and push for the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CPARC is the only agency in our area that offers these supports through the life span.
As Sydney completes her final year of high school, she looks forward to new adventures that will occur inside and outside the classroom. She recently went on a cruise with her parents and had the opportunity to interact with dolphins! Sydney smiles broadly when she describes how one even gave her a smooch on the cheek. Sydney volunteers at Messiah College where she puts her organizational skills to use in the mail room. She’s also thrilled to serve as manager of her school’s field hockey team next year.
Will you make a gift today to support families, like the Wilson’s, who seek aid from CPARC’s Advocacy services? By doing so, you ensure that Advocacy services remain open and available to everyone in the community.