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Mission


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 throughout their lifetimes.


Core Values


The Arc of the United States, and chapters at the state and local level, share a commitment to six core values, which influence and inform our work. They are:


People First The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value; are equal before the law; and must be treated with dignity and respect. The Arc represents, supports and acts on behalf of individuals and their families regardless of the level of disability or membership in The Arc. The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people with the supports needed to make informed decisions and choices.


Democracy


A democratic process involving members, through affiliated chapters, is utilized to take positions on important issues, policies and programs.


Visionary Leadership


The Arc leads by promoting its mission and core values and by developing position statements. We lead with integrity, accountability and by open, honest and timely communication. We work with individuals, organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion. There is a valued partnership with volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization that provides mutual support for their respective roles.


Community Participation


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 has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals.


Diversity


The Arc values and insists upon diversity in its leadership and membership. The Arc actively pursues and welcomes diverse groups (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender, and level of disability).


Integrity and Excellence The Arc conducts its business with integrity. The Arc reflects quality and excellence in all its work.


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