Who We Are

The Arc of Delaware is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for and serving Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses, including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and other developmental disabilities. The Arc of Delaware champions the civil rights of the estimated 27,000 Delawareans with I/DD while ensuring they have the supports and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.


The Arc is a national network born more than 65 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working vigilantly to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, education, work and other opportunities in the community. The Arc of Delaware was started by a group of Delaware families in 1953 as an affiliated chapter of the national network. Since then, we have been vocal leaders and catalysts for change in inclusive education, community residences, recreation and meaningful employment. Today, The Arc of Delaware and its network provides members with collaborative strength, supports and knowledge to meet the evolving needs and issues faced by people with I/DD.

The Arc of the United States is the world’s largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with more than 140,000 members affiliated through more than 700 state and local chapters across the United States.

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