Get Involved

Becoming a part of The Arc's movement takes on many forms, and your commitment to helping us create opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be expressed in many ways. 

There are many ways to connect with The Arc - from making monetary donations to taking action or by joining our community.

Ways to Give

The Arc has made significant progress over our 60-year history and with your help we can do more.  The Arc provides more direct supports and services to individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities than any other disability organization in the country.  Help us to:  

    • Promote the rights of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they have access to the supports and services they need to live in their family homes, to succeed in school and to engage in all childhood experiences.


    • Protect and strengthen the opportunities that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have to lead full and independent lives, free from poverty and with ready access to whatever services and supports they need.


  • Promote the respect and acceptance that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as equal members of society, deserve from the general public.

In addition to a monetary donation which can be made safely and securely online, there are more ways you can support The Arc to help make a profound impact.  Other ways of giving: donating stockmonthly givingmatching gifts, and tribute gifts.

Become a Member

By joining our network of more than 140,000 members and 730 affiliated chapters across the country, you become connected to the largest grassroots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Members work together to ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in every community in our nation.

Take Action

We are committed to helping promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Arc is on the frontlines in advocacy and along with our state and local chapters we are:

    • Working to ensure that health care reform legislation helps adults with disabilities get the supports they need to remain independent;
    • Expanding the federal hate crimes law to protect people with disabilities; and
    • Creating incentives for states to serve people with disabilities in the community, not in costly, segregated institutions.

Our Action Center contains the most current and up-to-date information on national legislation as it relates to disability.  Visit our Action Center and make your voice heard.

Online Community

Joining our online community helps connect you to parents, siblings, self-advocates and others who are passionate about serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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