Founded in 1950 by a group of parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc has been instrumental in the creation of virtually every program, service, right, and benefit that is now available to more than half a million Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today, The Arc continues to advocate for including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of society.
The Arc of Texas promotes, protects, and advocates for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Texas envisions a world where Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in their communities where quality supports and services are available to meet their needs and choices.
The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
- Have strengths, abilities, and inherent value
- Are equal before the law
- Must be treated with dignity and respect
The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people with the supports needed to make informed decisions and choices.
The Arc of Texas believes that heartfelt, strategic advocacy and self-advocacy is one of the most powerful tools we can employ to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Whether it’s at an ARD meeting or at the Capitol, advocacy is essential to fulfilling our mission.
The Arc works toward and believes in the community imperative: that all people have the fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to live, learn, work, play and worship in safe and healthy communities of their choosing.
The Arc of Texas believes that we benefit from the experiences of ALL people. Not only are we stronger because of the contributions from people with diverse personal characteristics, it’s necessary to adhere to our core values of inclusion and acceptance. The Arc of Texas does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender or type of disability.
The Arc of Texas is affiliated with The Arc of the United States, which advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a national level. We are also proud to have more than 35 affiliated local chapters working to provide additional supports and services to families in communities throughout the state.
The Arc of Texas is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. We receive funding from a variety of sources, including private donations, membership dues, fundraising events and special government grants.
The Arc of Texas is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau and complies with their high standards for ethical business behavior. Our charity review is available on the BBB website.
History and Achievements
For over 65 years, The Arc of Texas and The Arc of the United States have been instrumental in the development of virtually every program, service, right, and benefit available to the more than half a million Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.