The Arc carries out its mission of protecting and promoting the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families through innovative programs. Our initiatives touch almost every aspect of life in the community. By sharing our knowledge and conducting trainings and events, our programs help connect communities and inform efforts to broaden inclusion across the country.
Learn more about each of our programs and how you can get involved.
New Brief on Challenges Facing Individuals With I/DD and Mental Illness
Up to 40% of individuals with I/DD experience co-occurring mental illness, with some estimates pointing to even higher prevalence rates. Despite its large presence in the community, little is known about how to support families, caregivers, and direct service providers in meeting the needs of individuals experiencing mental illness and I/DD.
To further explore challenges and support needed, The Arc’s Center for Future Planning convened focus groups and worked with Boston University to put together a national panel of young adults with co-occurring issues and professionals in the field.
The Arc Expands “Talk About Sexual Violence” Project to Focus on Men With Disabilities
This year, The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® received a grant from the WITH Foundation to expand its successful initiative Talk About Sexual Violence (TASV). TASV serves as a platform for educating health care professionals on how to talk to their patients with I/DD about sexual violence. The WITH Foundation’s grant will expand the program’s current focus on women survivors to include resources for male survivors and the unique barriers they face in disclosing or reporting sexual violence.
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community thoughout their lifetimes.