The United Arc has a solid history of providing quality services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities going back to 1951.
Every year, we provide services to over 3,000 individuals and their families in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties, and the North Quabbin Region of Massachusetts.
We advocate for an inclusive society by building relationships with our elected officials and our wider community, and encouraging our members to do the same. We believe that self-advocacy is a crucial aspect of advocacy. Self Advocacy means that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right and the opportunities to be involved in decision making both about their own lives and about issues that concern them. The United Arc supports two self-advocacy clubs: The Frontier Club, based in the North Quabbin Region, and the Pioneer Club, based in Franklin County. Both Frontier Club and Pioneer Club members support each other through challenging times, and they make decisions about how they want to be involved in issues that are important to them.
Events and Opportunities
The United Arc provides workshops and trainings for families, care-providers, and community members to facilitate better understanding about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how to support them. We also host social events for the families and individuals we serve. Ever year, we hold a Gala and Auction as an opportunity to celebrate and support our work.
The United Arc recognizes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability. Society and The United Arc benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).
State and National Affiliation
The United Arc is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of Massachusetts and The Arc of the United States. The state and national organizations maintain ongoing communication with the Arc membership about legislative and budget concerns that impact individuals with disabilities and their families..
There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.
-- Sharron Angle