We support independence and choice for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance quality of life from birth to forever.
The Arc of Spokane believes that having a disability should not prevent someone from enjoying a rich and meaningful life.
Over 6 million individuals in the United States and approximately 7000 individuals in Spokane County have an intellectual or developmental disability— defined as a life-long condition that affects a person's ability to function with full independence because of cognitive, or communicative impairment, and or, difficulties with mobility. Autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome are the most commonly known forms of developmental disability, although there are hundreds of different diagnoses.
Developmental disabilities affect people from every culture, race and socio-economic background.
Locally, The Arc of Spokane is one of the largest social service agencies serving people with developmental disabilities in our community. Our 12 major programs serve 3,000 people each year, and we are the only agency in Spokane with the mission of advocating for this uniquely vulnerable population as the largest chapter of The Arc in the state.
The Arc of Spokane is part of a federation of nearly 700 independently governed agencies under the umbrella of The Arc of the United States. As a nationwide advocacy organization, the Arc offers a strong, united voice for our constituents in Washington, D.C.