About the Arc

The Arc believes in democracy, visionary leadership, community participation, diversity, integrity, excellence, and most importantly, that people come first.

The Arc is an organization devoted to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc believes that everyone, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to access the information, advocacy, and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community. The Arc helps ensure this happens. Currently, there are approximately 780 state and local chapters in which over 140,000 members are active.

Mission Statement

The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.