Hi, Jean Robb here. This weeks story is about Arc. A great group trying to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the rights and respect they deserve. Everyone has a gift to offer the world. Some people just need help finding theirs. Here is all you'll need to get involved.
Mission StatementThe Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
People FirstThe Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value; are equal before the law; and must be treated with dignity and respect. The Arc represents, supports and acts on behalf of individuals and their families regardless of level of disability or membership in The Arc. The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people with the supports needed to make informed decisions and choices.
DemocracyA democratic process involving members, through affiliated chapters, is utilized to take positions on important issues, policies and programs.
Visionary LeadershipThe Arc leads by promoting the mission, core values and position statements. We lead with integrity, accountability and by open, honest and timely communication. We work with individuals, organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion. There is a valued partnership with volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization that provides mutual support for their respective roles.
Community ParticipationThe Arc works toward and believes in the community imperative: that all people have the fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to live, learn, work, play, and worship in safe and healthy communities of their choosing. The Arc has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of individuals.
DiversityThe Arc values and insists upon diversity in its leadership and membership. The Arc actively pursues and welcomes diverse groups (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and level of disability).
Integrity and ExcellenceThe Arc conducts its business with integrity. The Arc reflects quality and excellence in all its work.
What is The Arc?A: The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 700 state and local chapters across the nation. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc’s vision is that every individual and family affected by intellectual disability in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community. We work to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary American life:
- People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are valued, respected and included in all communities.
- People with intellectual and developmental disabilities direct their own lives. People choose their services and supports from many available sources.
- People are empowered through nonprofit advocacy. State and federal governments administer programs and set budgets that meet everyone’s needs.
- The Arc is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.
What are my rights?See the Department of Justice's A Guide to Disability Rights Laws.
What's The Arc's position on...?The Arc takes position of a various of issues that directly affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families:
- Criminal Justice
- Human and Civil Rights
- Physician-Assisted Suicide
- Behavioral Supports
- Early Childhood Services
- Family Support
- Health, Mental Health, Vision, and Dental Care
- Individual Supports
- Opportunities for Financial Asset Building
- Parents with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities
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Membership in The ArcBy joining our network of more than 140,000 members and more than 700 affiliated chapters across the country, you can become part of the largest grass roots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet their needs in every community in our nation.
A growing membership also connects you to others who share your beliefs and your struggles whether you are a family member, a self-advocate (an individual with an intellectual or developmental disorder), or an activist that shares our passion to assure that children and adults with disabilities have every opportunity to experience the security of their family, while living and learning with their peers.
Learn more about the many benefits of membership for individuals and families.
Are you connected to a corporation, academic institution, a supporting nonprofit (whose mission also serves this community), a government entity or a consultant or small business/professional services provider? If so, check out our organizational membership.
Are you with a nonprofit also focused on serving the needs of those with disabilities? Consider becoming an affiliated chapter of The Arc and learn how you will become part of the family of chapters whose affiliation will provide top organizational management support, substantive public policy and meaningful advocacy support through the Disability Policy Collaboration.