Basic Organization Information
Arc of the US
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P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
W Public, Society Benefit
W05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R23 Disabled Persons' Rights
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The 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.
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- Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Services to the Affiliates
The Arc of the United States
provided technical assistance, training, information and advice to board
members and staff of more than 770 state and local chapters of The Arc. Board and staff leaders of state and local
chapters are provided with information about public policy developments, Medicaid
program information, best practices in human delivery, nonprofit governance and
management and other information that enable them to build more effective,
sustainable nonprofits and better serve individuals with disabilities and their
families. Assistance is also provided to
leaders of the state chapters through frequent conference calls with national
staff allowing for peer learning and exchange of best practices. Technical assistance is also provided to
board members and staff of state and local chapters, and to individuals, via
email, telephone and on-site visits. A
number of training opportunities were provided, including a national conference,
summer leadership institute and winter government affairs training.
Direct Assistance and Services
The Arc provides direct assistance to individuals with disabilities, their families and members of the public. Assistance is provided via telephone and email, as well as through a quarterly magazine, Insight, which is sent to approximately 120,000 people throughout the United States which contains information to help individuals with disabilities and their families achieve a better quality of life. Thousands of written, phone and e-mail inquiries were received seeking information and resources on a variety of topics related to intellectual disabilities. Information was needed by many families on: aging and disabilities, future planning, housing and residential facilities, rare disorders, education issues, fetal alcohol syndrome, and legal and criminal justice issues. A website, www.thedesk.info, provides information about the Medicaid program for people with cognitive disabilities.
Public Health Education
The Arc educated and informed elected and
appointed government officials, the media, opinion leaders and the
general public about the status of people with disabilities and their
families. The Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar educated
stakeholders on issues affecting people with disabilities and their
families, including Medicaid, health care, housing, labor issues,
social security and other issues of concern. The Arc continued to
provide information and training to individuals, chapters of The Arc,
agencies and the general public regarding issues related to people with
intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system as offenders,
victims and witnesses.
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Expert Reviews and Comments
Evidence of Impact
The Arc has, since 1950, advocated for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Arc provides national, state and local advocacy support for people with disabilities. They have not only changed the way the public views people with intellectual disabilities, but they have also helped promote the passage of disability legislation. They focus on quality of life, advocacy, criminal justice, human & civil rights, and self-advocacy. Their work has given people with disabilities the opportunity to become more socially connected, better educated and more successfully employed.
The Arc has been praised for its great reach, strong advocacy work, and its talented leadership. The Arc leads by articulating a future for people with intellectual disabilities and catalyzes both public and private support through the active role it takes from a grassroots to national levels.
Areas for Improvement
Experts in the field believe the Arc's programs could be improved. According to experts, the Arc needs to focus more on adults with disabilities and realistic solutions for happy living. Community based socialization programs is an important area where the Arc can expand.