The Arc of Virginia is made up of, and led by, people with developmental disabilities, their families and allies
Who We Are
The Arc of Virginia is the state chapter of The Arc of the United States and is comprised of 23 local chapters across the Commonwealth. Nationally, The Arc is the largest community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. Joining a local chapter gives you automatic membership to The Arc of Virginia and The Arc of the United States. When you join The Arc, you strengthen and sustain the A Life Like Yours movement.
Advocacy is key in our identity as The Arc of Virginia. We promote self-advocacy, which equips people with I/DD and their families from across the state with the tools and resources to advocate for themselves. We work to ensure that self-advocates have a seat at every table where I/DD policy is discussed and that they have the support needed for meaningful participation.
A Life Like Yours
The ALLY Movement is the vision for a community-based system of supports and services that enable individuals to obtain and enjoy A Life Like Yours - a home, a job and a life in the community.
The Arc of Virginia promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
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.
The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.
The Arc 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.
The Arc 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).
The Arc acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents, siblings, family members and other concerned members of the public have meaningful opportunities to inform and guide the direction of the organization’s advocacy, including determining policy and positions on important issues. The Arc strives for diversity in its leadership, as well as in all facets of the work of the organization.
The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and catalyzes public and private support in realization of that vision through carefully planned and well-executed goals, strategies and actions.
The Arc represents 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 or membership in The Arc.
The Arc works with individuals, organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion. The Arc values and promotes effective partnerships between volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization.
Transparency, Integrity and Excellence
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.