The Arc of Aurora

We assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) get what they need when they need it through advocacy. We also offer solutions-focused training and tools that change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to improve the quality of life for people with IDD.

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The Arc of Aurora​​​​​​​
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1342 S. Chambers Road
Aurora, CO 80017
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Mission Statement

The Arc of Aurora helps children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families live the highest quality lives possible by providing information and referral; community training and education; individual, class and systems change advocacy; and individual, family, volunteer and community support. Put simply, The Arc of Aurora helps people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families get what they need from the systems that are designed and funded to support them.

Organization History

The Arc of Aurora was incorporated in 1975 as the Association for Retarded Citizens, an advocacy support organization for families of people with developmental disabilities. The first office was a corner of Aurora City Councilwoman Molly Markert's basement; the original office phone number was also Molly's.

The ARC acronym was eventually changed with self-advocates (people with developmental disabilities themselves) insisting that the organization get rid of the word "retarded" because it had a negative connotation. Thus, the ARC acronym was retired and The Arc (no acronym) was born.

The Arc of Aurora is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of the United States, although we are managed by an independent and community-based board of directors. The Arcs in Colorado were created to meet the need for conflict free individual advocacy.

The amount of advocacy provided by The Arc of Aurora to an individual or family is solely dependent upon the individual's/family's needs, not his/her/its financial status. Individualized services range from brief contacts of less than one hour to extensive interventions.

Throughout the many years of The Arc's existence, we have witnessed a federal law passed to allow children with developmental disabilities to receive a free and appropriate education, and we have seen the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Arc of Aurora's social enterprise, THINK+change, offers solutions-focused training and tools that change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Education is, after all, the least intrusive form of advocacy! THINK+change brands and builds on The Arc of Aurora's successful training track record and product line where the sky is the limit on training issues and tools to support positive change for people with developmental disabilities!


"{Advocate name}, I think I would be close to the grave if I didn't have the support from you and The Arc. I am extremely grateful."
- AD, parent, Aurora

" I cannot tell you how much weight The Arc of Aurora and {individual advocate} in particular have taken off of my shoulders! The fear for my son, while not gone, is drastically reduced. {Advocate} validated the fact that we weren't "crazy parents going off the deep end," and that there were very serious issues surrounding our son in his school environment that needed to be addressed immediately. We didn't have to fight alone! I believe too, that bringing {advocate} and The Arc of Aurora into the situation made the district finally stand up and take notice. We weren't going to stand idly by and allow our son to be terrorized in his own school. ... So thank you for what you are doing for the special needs children in our community. Your work is appreciated. Your work is powerful. You're giving a VOICE to those who don't otherwise have one. Thank you, for fighting for my baby."
- KM, parent, Aurora

"... I REALLY want to thank you for the professional yet compassionate, good, realistic advice you showed me in our phone call ... Our family is so grateful for The Arc of Aurora and all you do! She {the advocate} was an excellent advocate for {our son} and had extensive knowledge regarding his rights as well as the rights we as parents had. I could not help to observe that the other side also had the highest respect for {the advocate} and the work she is doing. I felt that she went above and beyond of what was expected of her ..."
- KH, parent, Aurora

(about training presentations given by The Arc of Aurora staff in fall, 2015)
- "All of it was great. Love the collaboration between The Arc of Aurora and the Aurora PD."
- "Very topic specific information, and well organized."
- "Thank you and the training was very informative."

(about a training presentation given by The Arc of Aurora staff in spring, 2014)
- "I think this was the best workshop of the conference. Great stories that brought info to life. Good handouts. Very knowledgeable speaker."

- "Great session! Set the stage very well with definitions and information -- a comprehensive view of communication and advocacy for this population."

- "Very good. Good resources and concrete info and tools. Wish we would have had more time."

- "I always look for a training the Arc (of Aurora) has to offer. Thank you for all information."

- "Great overview of topic; pictures + videos were great. Stats were informative."

- "Absolutely amazing! This is what I was looking for when signing up for this conference."

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