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.