The Arc of the United States – Defending Rights Daily

Defending Civil Rights in DC


The Arc of the United States is the largest national community-based organization established to protect the civil rights people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. 

The Arc is active in Washington DC advocating for federal funding of services for people with I/DD. It also takes positions on non-monetary legislation that impacts the lives of clients and families. 

Becoming a member of The Arc of Alameda County means you are also a member of The Arc of The United States so you will have an opportunity to provide feedback and influence Federal legislative and budget issues.


Strong National Presence

DownSyndwDogWith nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities. The Arc of the US works with its federation of state and local chapters to create an impressive network of human service agencies ensuring they have the strongest civil rights advocates promoting and protecting their needs at all levels.


The Arc was born more than 60 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, educational opportunities and work programs.  The Arc was comprised of a small group of concerned and passionate parents and community members who would be catalyst for changing the public perception of children with disabilities. For the past 60+ years, The Arc has continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face.