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.
Sexual Violence Against Men with Disabilities: New Resources
Men with disabilities are twice as likely as those without disabilities to experience sexual violence. Yet few people know just how common it is, including health care professionals. The Arc’s Talk About Sexual Violence project is releasing new training videos and other valuable online resources to give doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals the practical tools they need to have simple, direct, and honest conversations about sexual violence with male patients who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Navigating Special Education: Supports for Students, Families, and Educators
To help families, educators, and advocates better understand how the collaborative process should work, and how they can better work together to meet student’s needs, The Arc@School has launched a curriculum that provides basic information on navigating the special education system. The Curriculum includes eight online, self-paced modules on the legal foundation of the special education system, early intervention services, individualized education programs (IEPs), procedural safeguards, Section 504, educational records, and more. Users who complete all 8 modules will receive a certificate of completion.
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.