Find Help From The Arc

The Arc is made up of a network of nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide.  Our chapters serve as the primary vehicle through which we advance our mission.

Local Chapters

On the front lines providing individual advocacy, programs, services, and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. To find out what supports and services are offered near you, contact a local chapter in your area.

State Chapters

Leading state-level public policy advocacy, providing local chapter support, and some may also offer direct services such as case coordination, special needs trust planning, or public awareness and education. To find out what supports and services are offered in your state, contact your state chapter.

Supports & Services

May include early intervention, supported employment, job training, transition planning, respite care, supported living and transportation to name a few. Additional services available at some chapters include: case management, medical and dental care and therapeutic services such as occupational and physical therapy, behavior management, speech therapy and more. Depending on the stage of life a person is in, the supports may vary and are meant to be tailored to meet that person’s individual needs. Check with your local chapter to determine which services are available.

National Programs

The Arc implements several national programs that are funded by grants from government, private foundations or other dedicated sources. These programs encompass our national initiatives:

Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center

Funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the Autism NOW Center will become the central point of access to high-quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families, professionals, and other key stakeholders.

To find out more about the progress of the National Autism Resource and Information Center towards these goals, please go to


HealthMeet® is a project of The Arc funded through a 1 million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that works to reduce health disparities and increase the longevity and quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. To achieve this, HealthMeet® deploys free community-based health screenings and individualized referrals for individuals with I/DD; provides training and education to individuals, their families, direct service professionals, medical providers, and medical students; and raises public awareness of health issues that impact people with I/DD across the country.

Learn more about the HealthMeet® project.

School to Community Transition Initiative

Through 49 state and local chapters, The Arc is promoting transition programs including employment, post-secondary education opportunities, and independent community living. In addition to providing direct services and supports for individuals, this program includes research into the issues faced during transition and the development of a national database. It is the hope of this initiative to not only improve outcomes for transitioning youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but to identify best practices in these areas. Learn more about the School to Community Transition Initiative.

National Council of Self Advocates

The National Council of Self Advocates of The Arc (NCSA) is the formation of a group of leaders representing the full spectrum of ages and abilities across our national chapter network. By joining, you will have the opportunity to network with other self advocates as well as to support the advocacy and programs of The Arc at all levels. Learn more about the National Council of Self Advocates.

The Arc's National Sibling Council

The Arc’s National Sibling Council welcomes all siblings and those who support siblings who are members of The Arc either at the local, state or national level. The Council will offer opportunities for networking, support, advocacy, and leadership development. Learn more about The Arc's National Sibling Council.

Self-Advocates with FASD in Action (The SAFA Network)

This project will build and support a strong network of self-advocates with FASD who can provide leadership in promoting and organizing self-advocacy efforts that benefit them. The SAFA Network will provide outreach to individuals with an FASD through conference calls, meetings at the annual Building FASD State Systems (BFSS) conferences, and exhibits at regional or national conferences throughout the country.

If you have an FASD and are interested in getting involved, please contact Leigh Ann Davis, Project Coordinator at or 202.534.3727.

Learn more about the SAFA Network.

eXplore eRecycling Initiative

The Arc’s eXplore eRecycling initiative brings together Chapters of The Arc across the United States and experts in the employment, disability, and e-recycling fields to help develop or enhance electronic waste management programs that offer inclusive, community-based employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Learn more about the eXplore eRecycling initiative.

Down Syndrome Grant Program

The Arc received two restricted gifts dedicating more than $3 million for the care, education, and support of people with Down syndrome in New Mexico; a smaller fund is dedicated to Down syndrome research.

Chapter Excellence Group

The Chapter Excellence Group brings together the collective expertise of our more than 700 local and state chapters.  Functioning as a hub for sharing information, training, and developing innovative programs and resources, the Chapter Excellence Group promotes best practices in advocacy, services and supports for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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