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Our Vision for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families


All people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are included and participate as full members of the community. Infants, children and youth with I/DD experience the security of family, while living and learning with their peers. Adults with I/DD lead lives of their own choosing, fully integrated in the community; have the opportunity to engage in productive work for fair wages; participate in civic and community affairs; have good health; and enjoy meaningful relationships.


People with I/DD have access to the full range of home and community-based supports and services necessary to control their own lives; their families have access to needed family supports. Families enjoy the freedom and peace of mind that comes from knowing that their loved ones have the supports they need to live a full and satisfying life.


Valued and accepted, people with I/DD enjoy the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society. As self- advocates, they have a powerful and united voice on the issues that affect their lives and well-being, and they enjoy the broad support of family members, friends, colleagues, and community members. People with I/DD and their families fully embrace The Arc as their preferred partner for advocacy, services and supports.


The Arc’s Members, Leaders and Volunteers 2000


1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0


A person with a disability/self- advocate


A spouse/ partner of a person with a disability


A parent of a person with a disability


A sibling of a person with a disability


Another family member of a person with a disability


Not a family member of a person with a disability


Of the constituents surveyed, 71% are individuals with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability.


Note: 3,396 respondents, Grant Thornton Stakeholder Survey 2008


Age of Family Member With a Disability


700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0


Under 10


10 - 20


20s


30s


40s


50s


60s or older


The Arc is a resource for people with I/DD and their families at all stages of life, which is reflected in the age breakdown of the survey respondents’ family members with a disability.


Note: 2,593 respondents, Grant Thornton Stakeholder Survey 2008


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