ARC of the United States

The Arc of the United States works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.

The Arc is the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families. The association also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of mental retardation in infants and young children.

The Arc was founded in 1950 by a small group of parents and other concerned individuals. At that time, little was known about the condition of mental retardation or its causes, and there were virtually no programs and activities in communities to assist in the development and care of children and adults with mental retardation and to help support families.

For more information, or to contact ARC of the United States, see their website at: www.thearc.org

» Recent News

The Arc Honors Senator Jeffords With Its Public Policy Award
14 Feb 02 | The Arc of the United States has awarded its 2002 John Chafee Leadership in Public Policy Award to Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) for his longstanding and outstanding advocacy in pursuing public policies that help people with mental retardation and ...

The ARC Honors Representative Frelinhuysen With Its Public Policy Award
14 Feb 02 | The Arc of the United States has awarded its 2002 John Chafee Leadership in Public Policy Award to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) for his longstanding and outstanding advocacy in pursuing public policies that help people with mental retardation ...

The Arc is Pleased With Supreme Court's Ruling in John Paul Penry Death Penalty Case
04 Jun 01 | - The Arc of the United States, the nation's leading advocacy association for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and families, announced today that the organization is "delighted" with the Supreme Court's ruling ...

The Arc of the United States Disappointed in Divided Court's Decision Limiting Scope of the ADA
21 Feb 01 | Washington, DC The Arc of the United States, the nation's largest volunteer-based organization devoted solely to issues affecting people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families, today expressed its ...

The Arc of the United States Looks Forward to Swift Enactment of the Bipartisan Family Opportunity Act
08 Feb 01 | -- The Arc of the United States, with its 140,000 members and approximately 1,000 state and local chapters nationwide, congratulates the sponsors of the Family Opportunity Act and looks forward to its swift enactment by a family-friendly Congress...

The ARC Demands Apology From Talk Show Host After Latest Hate Speech Incident
16 Jan 01 | JANUARY 16, 2001, SILVER SPRING, MD - The Arc of the United States, the nation's largest volunteer-based organization devoted to issues affecting people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities, is calling for an immediate ...

The Arc of the United States Urges Congress not to Block Passage of the Bipartisan Family Opportunity Act
08 Dec 00 | The Arc of the United States, the nation's leading national organization on mental retardation and related disabilities, urges Congress not to block the passage of the strongly bipartisan Family Opportunity Act (S. 2274; H.R. 4825). The Family ...

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Joins President Clinton to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
29 Nov 00 | The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national disability coalition, joins President Clinton today in an Oval Office ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of P.L. 94-142, now known as the Individuals with ...

The Arc of the United States Denounces the rejection of Hate Crimes Legislation that would Protect People with Disabilities
06 Oct 00 | The Arc of the United States, a national organization on mental retardation, today denounced the decision to strip the hate crimes provision from the Department of Defense (DoD) authorization. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act would represent one ...

The ARC Of The United States Receives Federal Grant To Establish Medicaid Reference Desk
28 Sep 00 | SEPTEMBER 28, 2000, SILVER SPRING, MD - The Arc of the United States announced today that a federal grant has been secured to create an Internet-based Medicaid Reference Desk to address the growing need for people with disabilities for information...

The ARC Marks 10th Anniversary Of Americans With Disabilities Act, Issues Challenge To States
26 Jul 00 | - The Arc of the United States today marked the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the release of a status report on states' development and implementation of plans to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court'...

The Arc Commends President Clinton and the Congress for Enacting Disability Work Incentives Law
17 Dec 99 | The Arc, the nation's leading national organization on mental retardation and related disabilities, applauds the President and congressional leaders for enacting the historic, bipartisan Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (H.R. ...

The Arc Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Community Placement of Individuals with Mental Disabilities
13 Jul 99 | The Olmstead case stems from the claims of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, both of whom have mental retardation and mental illness. Curtis and Wilson claimed that Georgia unnecessarily institutionalized and segregated them in a mental hospital, ...

 


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