The 36 local Chapters of The Arc New York provide supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in every county of New York state. These services emphasise choice and community engagement, and support independence and integration to provide people with disabilities opportunity for a rich, full life.
This page provides a snapshot of our key services and programs. Specific offerings may vary by Chapter. Contact your local Chapter for more information about supports available in your community, and learn about the eligibility process for receiving supports below.
The Arc New York helps people with disabilities find and succeed in opportunities for competitive, community-based employment. Staff at The Arc Chapters can help individuals decide if they are interested in finding a job in the community. If so, employment specialists will support the individual in developing the necessary skills, finding a suitable job, succeeding in the workplace.
The Arc New York offers a full array of residential services to meet the diverse support needs of individuals. Services range from 24/7 support in all areas of daily living, to occasional staff visits. Person-centered residential services support community integration and development of valuable daily living skills, and help ensure health, safety and growth in an appropriate setting.
Support with skill development and opportunities for enrichment and engagement are offered in a variety of settings. These services support volunteer opportunities and other community integration activities, enhance daily living skills and facilitate participation in activities of interest to each individual. Transportation is also provided, to and from each program location.
Many Chapters offer structured, supportive and engaging early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with delays in development, and preschool programs which welcome children with and without disabilities in an integrated learning environment. Several Chapters offer school-age programs, supporting students who require an educational program beyond the level available in their public school district.
Family Support Services
Recreation programs offer a wide variety of opportunities to have fun, learn, and explore creative avenues, including movies, sporting events, travel, hiking, and visual and performing arts. Respite services provide temporary support to caregivers, helping to reduce overall family stress. Respite can be provided in or out of the home, during the day, evening or overnight.
Individuals and families that are interested in more direct responsibility and control of their services can obtain assistance in managing an approved personal resource allocations budget or hiring and managing support staff. The Arc will serve as a financial intermediary, provide necessary staff training, collect Medicaid documentation to support billing and serve as the co-employer of staff hired by the individual and/or family.
Check out our Connection Newsletter to read more about the services people are receiving at The Arc New York Chapters across the state, and the opportunities and accomplishments those services support.