Our mission at The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
We accomplish this through advocacy of supports and services based in the community. Through advocacy and collaboration with others, The Arc of Massachusetts has helped to establish and maintain significant legislation and funding on both the state and federal levels.
Founded more than 60 years ago, The Arc of Massachusetts represents the interests of more than 200,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
We reach out to individuals with information and education, much of it through 18 chapters in local communities throughout the state, as well as through other public and private agencies.
We provide information and consultation to community agencies, legislators, and municipalities.
Collectively, with all its affiliates, The Arc of the United States, was ranked by Forbes Magazine in 2010 as the country’s eighth largest charitable organization. Our national membership helps shape federal policies that include special education, employment, housing, and health care. The Arc of Massachusetts maintains three active programs: education and information referral; legislative and public policy; and membership support and outreach. Local chapters of The Arc work with communities, families, and individuals to advance social inclusion, education, employment, and community living.
The Arc of Massachusetts provides education and systems advocacy to consumers, families, human services organizations, the public, legislators, other public officials, and the executive branch.
Together with The Arc of the United States, we combine the best elements of grassroots support and advocacy so that individuals can thrive in their communities or address the barriers in their way.
The Arc of Massachusetts’ focus is full integration into the community for all activities. If you are a member of the press, we suggest you visit our media resources page.
The Arc’s State Accomplishments
The Arc’s Federal Accomplishments