The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties was founded in 1956 by a handful of dedicated and resourceful parents who wanted educational and employment opportunities for their sons and daughters. The Arc Los Angeles & Orange Counties has a rich and successful history of improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Today The Arc Los Angeles & Orange Counties serves over 200 children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from 26 cities in the Los Angeles County and Orange County areas. The Arc has a variety of programs and services developed to meet the needs of the people we serve.
The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties is committed to providing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the ability to form and work towards goals through training and education, based on their individual abilities.
The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties is further committed to helping to reduce and limit the incidence and consequences of intellectual and developmental disabilities through education research, advocacy and the support of families, friends and community.
Through the successful pursuit of quality and justice, The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties will provide the leadership in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and develop and manage the necessary and human and financial resources to attain its goals.
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 850 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.
Local chapters of The Arc come in every shape, form and size – from small voluntary groups to large and sophisticated multi-million dollar organizations.
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, decent 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.