History of the Arc Organization

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The Arc of Luzerne County was founded in 1952 with one mission: to improve the quality of life of children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families through advocacy, resources, and community education.  The Arc of Luzerne County is an affiliate of a national and state organization, of and for people with Intellectual Disabilities and related Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  WE are the largest I/DD advocacy organization in the United States.  Collectively, our efforts to improve the quality of life of people with I/DD and their families has earned us the reputation as the single most respected voice on this issue.  Locally, we have a proven record of improving the lives of children and adults with I/DD and their families.  Last year alone we assisted 146 individuals with ID/DD, 158 families, and had more than 3500 contacts with professionals on behalf of the people we serve.


The Arc of Luzerne County provides advocacy, community education, outreach, independent monitoring, and individual and family support services.  We host the only community resource center (CRC) in the Northeast Region dedicated to materials relevant to people with I/DD and related disabilities.  The CRC houses a lending library containing books, presentations, videos, DVDs, and other educational tools available to the public.  Computers with internet access are available during business hours for use by all community members.


Our staff has worked with self-advocates and their families to ensure their rights are protected, and they have access to current resources, and information.  It has provided us the opportunity to hear their concerns so we can share them with the decision makers at the county, state and federal level.