The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, grassroots organization in Scranton that was established in 1955 by a group of parents seeking public education for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since it was created, a growing number of parents, neighbors and members of the business and professional communities have faced challenges in advocating for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, making this organization crucial in the fight for representation.
The Arc is the largest organization dedicated to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Throughout the United States, there are approximately 850 local chapters of The Arc. Over the last fifty years, The Arc has led the movement to deinstitutionalize state centers across the country and is responsible for the Right to Education, which provides all children a free, public and appropriate education.
The Arc believes in inclusive practice at all levels of society. They continue to be a strong voice for education rights, community supports, progressive legislation and public awareness.