The Arc of Delaware

Wilmington, DE   |  www.thearcofdelaware.org

Mission

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).

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. Terry Olson

Main address

The Arc of Delaware 2 S. Augustine Street, Suite B

Wilmington, DE 19804 USA

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EIN

51-0072149

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Housing

The lack of affordable, safe, and accessible housing is one of the most challenging problems facing adults with intellectual disabilities. Through a partnership with DDDS, The Arc owns and manages over 80 community group homes throughout the Delaware in which more than 300 individuals live safely and comfortably.

Population(s) Served

The employment program helps individuals identify their career goals, prepare for the workplace and secure meaningful, long-term jobs. We provide on the job training and help individuals maintain their position while seeking to advance. The program is driven by the choices identified by the participants and seeks to fully support their right to self-determination.

Population(s) Served

Outreach Coordinators at The Arc of Delaware provide direct assistance to address immediate concerns such as housing, safety, health, and well-being. The overall goal of The Arc of Delaware’s Outreach Program is to support independence through comprehensive assistance and outreach services, to ensure each person’s dignity and quality of life is maintained or enhanced.

Population(s) Served

The Arc offers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity for self-determination, self-advocacy, leadership, self-expression and socialization through self-advocacy organizations run by and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The groups focuses on issues which impact its members and the relationship between them and the community.

Population(s) Served

Advocacy is key to improving and sustaining the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and systems change advocacy can provide them with tremendous benefits. The goal of systems advocacy is to enhance public awareness of the rights, strengths, needs and interests of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and influence law and policy to improve public and private systems of support and services. Since 1953, The Arc of Delaware has worked with government and school officials, law enforcement agencies, the healthcare industry and others to advocate for the needs and rights of those we support, and has helped change or introduce laws that have created a society that is both more inclusive and more equitable.

Population(s) Served

Recreational activities are important for developing social and communication skills, which can improve a person’s ability to live and work in the community, and contribute to a successful and fulfilled life. The Arc of Delaware Recreation program provides opportunities in the community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to socialize and have fun. Among other activities, our monthly dances are very popular and always draw a crowd.

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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 of Delaware provides an array of helpful services in areas of housing, employment, community outreach and recreation. We also encourage and provide supports for self-advocacy.

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The Arc of Delaware

Board of directors
as of 12/12/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Seufert

No Affiliation

Barbara Robleto

Ruth Banta

Patricia Heather

Micki Edelsohn

Stan Trier

Becky Hill

Merry Jones

Megan Fioravanti

Tom Battle

Teesie Bonk

Nancy Dietz

Christine Giacco

Edwin Harron

Ann McFarland

Elizabeth O’Neill

Michael Simpson

Rob Spengler

Sandra Voss