About Us

A Range of Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the East Bay

The Arc of the East Bay offers life skills education and employment services tailored to the needs and goals of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Those disabilities include:  Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, autism, fragile x syndrome and similar disabilities.  Our clients set their own annual goals, often with input from their families. Dedicated Arc staffers – called Direct Service Providers – then work tirelessly to help clients achieve those personal goals.

The Arc of the East Bay serves people with I/DD who live in the East Bay.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Donations are tax deductible. The people we serve are also clients of The Regional Center of the East Bay.  The Regional Center is the first place people with I/DD and their families need to go in order to get state-funded services such as those available through The Arc of the East Bay.

We are part of a nationwide network of nearly 700 Arc chapters.  We are the largest community-based organization in the country that not only provides services to people with I/DD and their families but also has advocates in Sacramento and Washington D.C.  The Arc of California and The Arc of the United States work in both capitals to ensure government programs, regulations and legislation meet the changing needs of clients and family members.

A developmental disability – Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, fragile X syndrome, and others – is diagnosed before the age of 18 and is likely to impact the individual throughout his/her lifetime.  A more complete definition is available at the California Department of Developmental Services website. Check it out by clicking here.

Down Syndrome
People with I/DD and their families have a right to obtain the services they need under a law passed in the late 1960s called The Lanterman Act.  It was named after State Senator Frank Lanterman.  This law established the Regional Center System, outlined the structure for providing customized services (known as the Individualized Program Plan or IPP) and virtually eliminated waiting lists for services. Learn more about this important law by clicking on The Consumer Guide to The Lanterman Act.