Frequently Asked Questions

1. How are the Adult Activities Centers funded?
The Adult Activities Center is funded through Medicaid, scholarships, and private pay.

2. Am I eligible for The Arc of the Piedmont services?
To find out if you are eligible for services, please contact Karen O’Rourke at (434) 977-4002, or e-mail her at korourke@arcpva.org

3. Can I get help at my home?
Yes, you can. The Arc of the Piedmont offers consumer directed respite, consumer directed personal assistance and in-home residential care with consumer direction provided for children and adults. We also offer residential support services for adults in five different homes in the city of Charlottesville, as well as Albemarle and Nelson Counties.

4. Do I have to have an intellectual/developmental disability diagnosis to live in an Arc home?
Yes – The Arc’s residential homes support only individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability. The Arc can also serve individuals in their own home as well.

5. Are there men and women living in the same group homes?
Yes – all of our homes, with the exception of one, are homes for men and women.

6. What kinds of activities are offered in your residential programs?
People we support are involved in many community activities that include church activities, Special Olympics, Park and Recreation classes, ball teams and a variety of others depending on your interests.

7. How much will rent be?
In our waiver residences, individuals are responsible for paying rent (38% of SSI and SSDI) and a fee (47% of your SSI and SSDI) that includes basic supervision, meals, clothing, toiletries and social activities. If you don’t have Medicaid, private pay rent is $650 per month and fees are $400 per month.

8. Will The Arc provide transportation to medical appointments?

9. Are the people being supported able to see the doctor of their choice?
Yes – In MR waiver residences, they can. They are also responsible for any of their own medical expenses not covered by Medicaid.

10. Does The Arc of the Piedmont have advocacy services?
Yes, The Arc of the Piedmont strives to secure and sustain a full range of rights, opportunities and choices for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We engage in legislative, administrative and legal advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. Members receive additional services.

11. How do I get more information on services available to individuals with developmental disabilities?
Contact Karen O’Rourke at (434) 977-4002, or e-mail her at korourke@arcpva.org.

12. Where can I find more information regarding the basics on Medicaid?
Contact Karen O’Rourke at (434) 977-4002, or e-mail her at korourke@arcpva.org.

13. How can I volunteer my time to The Arc of the Piedmont?
To volunteer for The Arc of the Piedmont activities, please contact Sue Gunter at (434) 977-4002 ext.109 or e-mail her at sgunter@arcpva.org.

14. Why should I become a dues paying member of The Arc of the Piedmont?
The Arc of the Piedmont offers many benefits to it’s members that include exclusive access to experts in the field, advocacy services, insurance benefits and a monthly newsletter from The Arc national office to name a few.

15. Can The Arc of the Piedmont use donations of clothing, computers, furniture, etc. for the people they support and are these donations tax deductible?
Yes, people we support can make very good use of donated items for themselves, their rooms and their homes and these items are tax deductible. For more information please contact Bryan Harris at (434) 977-4002 ext. 110 or e-mail her at bharris@arcpva.org.


If your question was not answered above, please contact The Arc of the Piedmont at (434) 977-4002.