What is The Arc?

For nearly 70 years, The Arc has been at the forefront of the fight for the civil rights and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, playing a lead role in major victories in civil rights, community living, education, income security, and other important issues.

We have fought to close institutions and make life in the community possible, we have opened the school doors for students with disabilities to be included in the classroom alongside peers without disabilities, and we have advocated for affordable health care access. We are at the table for every major public policy fight and advancement impacting the lives of people with disabilities. We still have work to do, but we know we can succeed with strong federal policy advocates working hand in hand with grassroots activists like you.

Why they are Awesome

  • For the second year, The Arc is pleased to receive an award from Verizon to further implement the Building Community Resilience Through Inclusive Disaster Preparedness program. Activities will center on the perspectives and needs of people with disabilities during a disaster.

  • One unique aspect of The Arc is its broad reach, serving people with a range of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, through a network of over 700 chapters across the country

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