Arc of Stanly advocate discusses importance of early intervention for children with disabilities

“It is a major priority to have family-directed services that are meant to help family members understand the needs of their child and enhance his/her development,” Wilhelm said. “It is important to call Access of your local Managed Care Organization to get into the system. We live in a time where services change faster than we can get information out about them.”

The Down syndrome support group, which meets every other month, will convene at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Fresh House in Locust. Brunch will be served. For details, please contact Hannah Stroupe at

To learn more about The Arc of Stanly and Monarch’s advocacy initiatives, please contact Jeanette Wilhelm at or (704) 986-7234.

Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit

Pictured above: Families who attended the Feb. 16 Down Syndrome support group held in Locust.

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