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  • Resources, Information and Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities.

    The Arc of Dallas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has worked to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities since 1951. Our programs and services include advocacy, information and referral, parent and professional education, public education and fun activities and classes. For more information, check out the Programs and Services section of our website.

    Eligibility for services
    No proof of disability is required to receive Arc services, most of which are free or available at a very low cost. Our slogan emphasizes the commitment we make to individuals and families to help build bridges for an improved quality of life for all ages and ability levels.

    Mission statement
    "It is the mission of The Arc of Dallas both to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and related conditions and to reduce the incidence and limit the consequences of these conditions. To accomplish its mission, The Arc of Dallas acts as an advocate for such persons, provides support to them and their families, and promotes awareness and acceptance in the community." (Adopted by The Arc's Board of Directors in 1991)

    Vision statement
    The Arc of Dallas envisions a community where people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are valued, offered a quality education, welcomed into the workforce, and allowed the chance to live productive lives. The Arc works diligently to:
    • Close the gaps in both understanding and in services by acting as an advocate and by providing necessary programs
    • Shed light on intellectual disability and its consequences by promoting awareness and acceptance in the community
    • Become lifelong partners with individuals and their families by assisting through life's transitions and by working to improve quality of life
    • Meet the challenge in securing the financial resources to close the gaps, shed light, and become lifelong partners.