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Arc of the US

AKA The Arc

Washington, DC

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Arc of the US

Also Known As:
The Arc
Physical Address:
Washington, DC 20006 
EIN:
13-5642032
Web URL:
www.thearc.org
Blog URL:
blog.thearc.org
Leadership:
Peter V. Berns
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Fiscal Year Starting: Jan 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: Dec 31, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $12,073,390
Expenses
Total Expenses $6,868,692

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Basic Organization Information

Arc of the US

Also Known As:
The Arc
Physical Address:
Washington, DC 20006 
EIN:
13-5642032
Web URL:
www.thearc.org 
Blog URL:
blog.thearc.org 
NTEE Category:
P Human Services 
P20 Human Service Organizations 
W Public, Society Benefit 
W05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis 
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy 
R23 Disabled Persons' Rights 
Ruling Year:
2007 

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Mission Statement

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

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Program: General Programs

Budget:
$2,734,506
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Program Description:

Services to the Affiliates The Arc of the United States provided technical assistance, training, information and advice to board members and staff of more than 770 state and local chapters of The Arc. Board and staff leaders of state and local chapters are provided with information about public policy developments, Medicaid program information, best practices in human delivery, nonprofit governance and management and other information that enable them to build more effective, sustainable nonprofits and better serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Assistance is also provided to leaders of the state chapters through frequent conference calls with national staff allowing for peer learning and exchange of best practices. Technical assistance is also provided to board members and staff of state and local chapters, and to individuals, via email, telephone and on-site visits. A number of training opportunities were provided, including a national conference, summer leadership institute and winter government affairs training.   Direct Assistance and Services   The Arc provides direct assistance to individuals with disabilities, their families and members of the public.  Assistance is provided via telephone and email, as well as through a quarterly magazine, Insight, which is sent to approximately 120,000 people throughout the United States which contains information to help individuals with disabilities and their families achieve a better quality of life.  Thousands of written, phone and e-mail inquiries were received seeking information and resources on a variety of topics related to intellectual disabilities.  Information was needed by many families on: aging and disabilities, future planning, housing and residential facilities, rare disorders, education issues, fetal alcohol syndrome, and legal and criminal justice issues.  A website, www.thedesk.info, provides information about the Medicaid program for people with cognitive disabilities.   Public Health Education   The Arc educated and informed elected and appointed government officials, the media, opinion leaders and the general public about the status of people with disabilities and their families.  The Annual Governmental Affairs Seminar educated stakeholders on issues affecting people with disabilities and their families, including Medicaid, health care, housing, labor issues, social security and other issues of concern.  The Arc continued to provide information and training to individuals, chapters of The Arc, agencies and the general public regarding issues related to people with intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system as offenders, victims and witnesses.

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Expert Assessment

The Arc has, since 1950, advocated for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Arc provides national, state and local advocacy support for people with disabilities. They have not only changed the way the public views people with intellectual disabilities, but they have also helped promote the passage of disability legislation. They focus on quality of life, advocacy, criminal justice, human & civil rights, and self-advocacy. Their work has given people with disabilities the opportunity to become more socially connected, better educated and more successfully employed. Read More »

Expert Reviews and Comments

2011 Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit

This organization is a 2011 Philanthropedia top nonprofit, recommended by experts as having high impact.

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Evidence of Impact

The Arc has, since 1950, advocated for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Arc provides national, state and local advocacy support for people with disabilities. They have not only changed the way the public views people with intellectual disabilities, but they have also helped promote the passage of disability legislation. They focus on quality of life, advocacy, criminal justice, human & civil rights, and self-advocacy. Their work has given people with disabilities the opportunity to become more socially connected, better educated and more successfully employed.

Lasting Improvements
The Arc has made great strides in global work for people with disabilities producing lasting improvements that address the core problems of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Foundation Professional
An organization with a long history and impressive accomplishments. The ARC is probably the major player behind de-institutionalization, and their strong advocacy for their children (parents are very involved in ARCs) has pushed many states to provide funding for community based services and residences. Most ARCs have parents on their boards of directors. They offer resources and TA to chapters across the US and stay with the times. They understood and provided guidance for guardianship before families even knew that this could be essential for estate planning and future care. Their resources are invested in advocacy and research, and partnerships make this work more effective. The availability of federal funding seems to drive some national initiatives, such as Autism Now and the school to work program. Their location in Washington DC is great for advocacy work. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Wide Array of Services
The Arc is a national grassroots organization that provides advocacy for the advancement of services and supports for people with intellectual disabilities. There is hardly a geographical area in the US that is not touched by the Arc. They have evolved with the changing times to meet the needs of customers. It is an organization that involves both the individual with a disability and their family members. The Arc provides training to professionals, a forum for exchange of information and so much more to so many across the US. Foundation Professional
The ARC is the nation's touchstone for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. The ARC has become the national center for information dissemination. In addition, its leadership has committed itself to ensuring that Washington keeps people with disabilities in the forefront when making important employment, health care and related decisions. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Trust
The Arc is very good with following and impacting legislature, conducts good research and is effective at sharing of information. The Arc merits trust and serves as a good resource for families. Foundation Professional
Strong Advocacy
The Arc has, since 1950, advocated for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Arc provides national, state and local advocacy support, has not only changed the way the public views people with intellectual disabilities, it has also helped promote the passage of disability legislation. They work in the areas of quality of life, advocacy, criminal justice, human & civil rights, inclusion and self-advocacy. Their work has given people with disabilities the opportunity to become more community/socially connected, better educated and more successfully employed. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The Arc offers great services and impacts public policy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
This agency provides recreation opportunities for our population. They have also been advocating for people with disabilities for many years an they are a great source of information if needed. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The Arc has made significant impact on advocacy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They do an excellent job in advocacy issues in Washington DC and state capitols. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Coalition
The Arc's outstanding advocacy work, and the fact they work in coalition with other nonprofits, demonstrate its vast impact. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Employment & Housing
The Arc has programs for the developmental disabled including: employment, housing, and intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled. Other
Focus on Developmental Disabilities
The Arc is primarily an organization of families of people with developmental disabilities. This allows a focused impact on the narrower group but does not have a significant effect for people with other types of disability. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

The Arc has been praised for its great reach, strong advocacy work, and its talented leadership. The Arc leads by articulating a future for people with intellectual disabilities and catalyzes both public and private support through the active role it takes from a grassroots to national levels.

Strong Leadership
The Arc has strong executive national leadership and program focus, especially with new program area focusing on autism. Foundation Professional
The Arc has tremendous leadership and knowledge of legislation. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Great Marketing
The Arc has evolved with even their name (at one time, the "r" stood for retarded, now a label that is no longer used). Although they stood to lose substantial name recognition, they abandoned this labeling and continued to achieve wide spread acclaim for their change in logo. They are the most widely recognized organization representing people with disabilities. Foundation Professional
The Arc has strong visibility on important issues. Researcher and Faculty
Strong Advocacy
The Arc is dedicated to providing the political leadership and passion for advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. They are a stand-out organization in Washington D.C. and are respected for their strength as an organization that believes in People First. The Arc leads by articulating a future for people with intellectual disabilities and catalyzes both public and private support through the active role it takes from a grassroots to national levels. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strong Network
The Arc benefits from its national network. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Family Focus
They were started by parents of children and adults with disabilities, and have maintained a family focus. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Great Reach
They provide activities for all levels of individuals no matter what their disabilities. They also offer these activities to other agencies so their people and share in the enjoyment of something that they like. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strong Staff
Strengths of this organization include the leadership and the volunteers that organize the fundraising for the centers. The employees are exceptional and are recognized by the organization. Other

Areas for Improvement

Experts in the field believe the Arc's programs could be improved. According to experts, the Arc needs to focus more on adults with disabilities and realistic solutions for happy living. Community based socialization programs is an important area where the Arc can expand.

Congruency
The Arc should become more transparent and have more cohesion among local chapters across the country. Foundation Professional
The Arcs vary a great deal from area to area with regards to what services they provide. It would be of benefit to have funding available from the National Arc to assist smaller Arcs grow larger or expand services to better meet the needs of those nearby. Foundation Professional
Many of its chapters are weak and are actually regressive yet use The Arc name. Researcher and Faculty
Programs
The Arc needs to focus more on adults with disabilities and realistic solutions for happy living. As their own research shows, not many adults with disabilities are employed. Community based socialization programs will be key to their happiness and needed family respite. Foundation Professional
The Arc needs to continue to broaden its future vision and work more closely with habilitation organizations where choice is primary factor. Many individuals prefer to work in a more sheltered (for a lack of a better word) situation while many prefer to be placed in community based jobs or competitive employment. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The incentives to stay employed should be increased in pay or salary. In order to keep really fantastic people on staff the pay should be a great benefit of the job. The other area is level of knowledge, I feel very confident in their training but I would like to see them increase in knowledge of the consumer (health, life skills and creativity, public relations, family involvement issues and recreation within the means of the consumer) and in the community be willing to gain support throughout the community. Other
Access
They could provide more pick up points so that people further away can also get these opportunities as well. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Develop Financial Transparency and Advocacy Agenda in More Detail
Their financial transparency and advocacy agenda could be developed in more detail and be more prominent on the website. Nonprofit Senior Staff
More Local Profile
they need more of a local profile. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Marketing of Name Change
This organization had to adjust to changes in the perception of what "mental retardation" is and did so by changing its name. I don't think that the marketing of the name change was as effective as it could have been and so name recognition has taken longer than it should. I think the mission has expanded but, honestly, I don't know what the organization does now. It did have a huge impact in the 60s and 70s in advocating for people with disabilities and played a major role in many of the educational changes that have taken place since 1976. Foundation Professional
Cohesion
The Arc of the US operates as both a provider organization and an advocacy organization. As such they may be in conflicting roles when they attempt to speak or advocate for persons with disabilities. This can be particularly problematic when lobbying for the continuation of program models, such as sheltered workshops, that restrict people to employment in non-integrated settings. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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