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          The A.R.C. was established over 50 years ago by a group of parents who wanted equal rights for their children with developmental disabilities. They wanted to assure the same opportunities to participate in a community activities, including a free and appropriate public education, which was denied to their children at that time.

          The A.R.C. has been a leader in advocating for the rights of all people who have developmental disabilities through navigating community-based vocational and residential services, providing assistance with acquiring respite care and flexible funding, and offering educational information to enhance and strengthen family and community relationships.

          The present and future goals of the A.R.C. are to ensure meaningful participation in the development, implementation and governance of programs whose exclusive purpose is to offer support for people with developmental disabilities to live, participate, and strengthen their own communities; to provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to articulate their vision of support to policy-makers; to advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families to direct their own services and supports; to have choices in where they live, work and spend time in their communities; and to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families to actively participate in the education of community members about the joys and the hardships that accompany the special needs of individuals and their families.

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