Mission

The Arc of Delaware promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and actively supports full inclusion and participation in the community through advocacy and services to individuals and their families.

 

Core Values

People First – The Arc of Delaware believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value, not by their disability.

Equity – The Arc of Delaware believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.  The Arc of Delaware will advocate by encouraging governmental policies and public practices that will enhance the wellbeing of the population we serve.

Community – The Arc of Delaware believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community of their choice and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.  Our employees, Board of Directors, and volunteers are dedicated to this mission.

Self Determination – The Arc of Delaware believes in self-determination and self-advocacy.  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.  These decisions include housing and productive employment of choice.

Diversity – The Arc of Delaware believes that society in general and The Arc in particular 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).

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