Our mission: The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families. We fulfill this through advocacy for community supports and services that foster social inclusion, self-determination, and equity across all aspects of society.
Both the Core Values and Position Statements are adopted by our organization.
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