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The Arc of Chester County

Joined in December 2006

About Us

Our History

The Arc of Chester County was founded in 1952 by local parents who wanted to make lives better for their children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The group was originally known as The Association for Retarded Children then later The Association for Retarded Citizens. Now we are simply The Arc.

When The Arc was founded, there were few programs and services for people with special needs. In line with prevailing thinking, many people with developmental and intellectual disabilities were institutionalized at Pennhurst State School and Hospital, Embreeville State Hospital, and other places. The Arc’s founders defied conventional wisdom by advocating and working for public education and community inclusion for their children.

From the beginning, The Arc has been a respected voice for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The organization continues to be committed to integration and community inclusion.

Our Vision

A community that embraces and values people with disabilities.

Our Mission

The mission of The Arc of Chester County is to advocate, educate, and provide services to empower individuals with disabilities and their families to enhance the quality of their lives.

Our Core Values

  • Support the rights of individuals to participate fully in planning that effects their lives.
  • Respect the dignity and worth of all individuals, whether consumers, volunteers, or staff members.
  • Deliver efficient, quality services in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Deliver services that are derived from the needs of clients, families, and their communities.

Our History

The Arc of Chester County was founded in 1952 by local parents who wanted to make lives better for their children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The group was originally known as The Association for…

Issue Areas Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Human Rights & Civil Liberties

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