The Arc


The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities. The Arc, founded in 1950, now has more than 140,000 members and nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide.


Through funding from the CDC, The Arc attained a project called HealthMeet which aims to reduce health disparities to increase the longevity and quality of life for individuals with ID. To achieve this goal The Arc has partnered with key disability organizations and utilized their own national network to provide free health assessments in 5 pilot states, create health and fitness trainings, webinars, etc. to educate the workforce and general public, and empower self-advocates to take charge of their own health and wellness.

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