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educational resources

The Arc of Erie County has an in house educational navigator that can answer your questions, provide you with training and assist with IEP meetings if you have a child in special education.

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INTELLECTUAL disability

The Arc is the nation's leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and for their families. We provide supports and services people want and need.

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Family RESOURCES

Our resource center is a great place to find information you may need, whether it is about a particular issue, or locating a program you may be looking for. 

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Ongoing Support

Family Support for caregivers of persons with disabilities. These include counseling, support groups, respite, training, information and referral. 

  • Dan and EmmA's Route 6 Journey

    emma and dan perritano of erie, pa will make the 360 mile trek across pennsylvania's historic route 6 this spring to raise funds for the arc of erie county. dan, 50, is the men's soccer coach at penn state behrend and father to emma, 16, who attends the life skills program at north east middle school and has benefited from the arc. the pair will take to the road to support the arc of erie county, which provides advocacy and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 


     

     

     

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HISTORY

The Arc of Erie County was founded in 1952 by Dr. Gertrude A. Barber and a group of dedicated parents sitting around a kitchen table. Together they worked to procure services for children and adults who were denied an education, the right to attend day care and preschools, and the right to work. Today, more 60 years later, The Arc continues to build on the strong traditions of the past by serving all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the county.

OUR MISSION

The Arc of Erie County provides advocacy and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We offer free educational advocacy, monitor governmental legislation and support programs that highlight current research. We also assist in programs to enhance personal growth and encourage community inclusion.

As part of a national organization, our primary goal is to improve supports and services available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


VALUES

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value, not by their disability. The Arc 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. We believe in community, diversity, self determination, and self-advocacy.


GUIDING PRINCIPALS

The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We represent the public interest, supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families regardless of the type of disability.The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication. The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.



The Arc of Erie County provides advocacy and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. As an advocacy and resource center we provide free educational advocacy, monitor relevant legislation and support programs that highlight current research. The Arc of Erie County encourages and assists in personal growth and community inclusion for all individuals.