When caring for someone with a disability, sometimes you need extra help. The Arc of Northern Virginia Trust team collaborates with professional Advocates to support people with disabilities. The personal advocate program is for anyone who needs the extra help in navigating disability services. Our advocate Sally Wilklow, can help.
Services span a wide range
In the initial consultation, our Advocate works one-on-one to identify key issues or goals to see what services are needed. Services cover the following categories: health care and wellness; budgeting and financial needs; legal needs; personal care; employment; housing; social life and personal enrichment.
Here are examples of advocacy services:
- coordinate services and care plans
- assist in learning how to manage Trust disbursements
- promote financial literary and financial planning skills
- provide referrals to attorneys and legal clinics as needed
- attend meetings and appointments as an advocate
- maintenance of calendars, schedules, and reminders
- skills building to promote well-being and healthy living
- connect with employment services providers
- provide information and referrals for housing vouchers
- research new housing options to meet current needs
Advocates are independent contractors approved by The Arc of Northern Virginia. They charge an hourly rate for their services. Services may be short- or long-term, and are always confidential.
Get In Touch
Contact Sally to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.
You can reach Sally at (703) 309-9349 or at Swilklowfirstname.lastname@example.org.
An Advocate You Can Rely On
Sally serves as a contract Advocate for The Arc and is passionate about helping people live their best lives. She has over 30 years of social work experience working with diverse populations including at-risk youth and families, students receiving special education, mentally ill adults and medically fragile seniors. She received a BA in psychology and sociology from Union College and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She also has personal experience with disability and navigating the many challenges and services that go along with it. She and her husband raised their daughter, Hannah, who had severe and profound disabilities, until she passed away at the age of 12.
Sally recognizes a strength-based approach with emphasis on self -determination as the key to successful advocacy. The process begins with a thorough assessment of the client’s current situation to identify issues and needs, resources and strengths. Clients are guided in developing a realistic short- term or long-term plan that includes concrete goals and strategies while accessing available community resources. You can contact Sally for a brief consultation regarding how advocacy might benefit you and your loved one.