History of The Arc


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). The Arc organization and its state and local affiliates comprise 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 hundreds of 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 connect individuals and families to services,materials information and events relevant to people with I/DD and related disabilities. 

Our staff works 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 and share them with the decision makers at the county, state and federal level.