Position Statements

The Arc’s position statements address critical issues related to human and civil rights, treatment, and services and programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Position statements are used to advance The Arc’s public policy goals, as well as provide a platform for our state and local chapters to gain a national perspective for what The Arc stands for.  They also serve to inform our constituency, stakeholders and the general public on the prevailing organizational view on key issues.

Creation of Position Statements

The President of The Arc appoints a committee to consider development of new position statements and revision of existing position statements and collaborates with American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). New position statements may be suggested by chapters or members of The Arc by writing to the President.

The drafts of new position statements and revision of existing statements are circulated to all chapters for the opportunity to comment.  These comments are incorporated into the final drafts for consideration by the Boards of Directors of The Arc and AAIDD which are then presented to the Delegates at The Arc's Annual Meeting.