Our mission is to advocate for adults and children with intellectual/developmental disabilities so that they can live, learn, work and play in environments that are inclusive, interdependent and encourage individual and family empowerment.
Today the mission is cultivated by the dedicated staff and Board of Directors. They work passionately to help people with IDD achieve their full potential and lead productive, safe and informed lives in their communities.
"The Arc of Adams has been a valued part of our son's "village" for over 14 years. In that time, our family has often pushed the envelope by challenging our school district to provide inclusive programs, and equal opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. Our advocate of 14 years, is knowledgable, passionate, and dedicated. She has educated and empowered us to be effective advocates for our son, standing with us in the most difficult of negotiations. Her value, and the Arc's value, to our family and to our son is priceless." -- K.O.D.
""You have helped me to ask the judge to get my guardianship back, and made sure my rights were protected. You help me stick up for myself and that I have to be firm about what I want!" -- R.S.
"As a parent of a child with special needs we face many challenges along the way. We have been lucky enough to have had the ARC of Adams County help make this road less bumpy! They have helped us fight for our daughters rights in the schools and through out our community! They are very knowledgeable, compassionate and extremely helpful!' --D.H.
"I am the parent of an adult who has complicated medical needs as well as multiple disabilities. We have relied on the assistance and advocacy of the ARC of Adams County to help us to make informed decisions about her waiver services, this year. They have tirelessly read the state statutes to assure that we abide by the letter of the law. They have met with potential providers, calculated and recalculated the number of hours that could be filled on different waivers and even after we selected the best option for our daughter, they continue to read each email on which we CC them to assure that needs are properly met. At times, they have needed to express our discontent to providers when we were a bit reticent to do so, ourselves...running interference, so to speak. How thankful we are to have the help of such a dedicated, professional, skilled and caring group to help us to help our daughter!
It would be my pleasure to talk with you about all the times we have needed the assistance of the ARC in our 27 years as the parents of someone who has disabilities. They have never failed to return calls, to sit through meetings, and to keep us informed of changes in the laws affecting our daughter. They even compile a list of activities for the summertime! " -- D.P.
"I began my relationship with Arc Adams as a parent of a handicapped teen when advocate services were suggested by our daughter's school counselor. That was in 1999. Since that time she has had only two advocates, her original one, a second one while her first one took a leave of absence, and then her original one again. Our daughter has had top notch representation by this staff who has been LONG term committed to her best interest. She considers her advocate to be one of her closest friends. I have had a tremendous resource for information and guidance for the intricate and often very confusing world that is handicapped care services for our now adult daughter, and a sounding board when things have been rough. We have never paid a penny for any of the aid they have provided. The folks at Arc Adams are dedicated, and lend skilled assistance to those who can't speak adequately for themselves in untold ways, and deserve all the support we can give back to them." --K.S.
The Arc of Adams County is a local chapter of The Arc of the United States. The Arc is a nationwide voluntary organization whose members are devoted to improving the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was first organized in 1950 by friends and parents of persons with developmental disabilities. Today there are over 245,000 members affiliated with 1500 state and local member chapters.
The Arc of Adams County is a grassroots agency founded in 1962 by parents of children with developmental and /or intellectual disabilities (IDD). The goal of the organization was to provide advocacy, trainings, outreach and support to children and adults with IDD and their family members.
The Board of Directors of the Arc of Adams is made up of committed volunteers from the community. They encourage any opportunities that might increase the Arcs ability to continue and expand the support they offer to help individuals with I/DD.
Our independent funding stream allows us to focus on the individuals and families we support with no competing interest.
We continue to be united by a determination to assure every child and adult has the opportunities to develop to their fullest potential and to enjoy the full range of human and civil rights.