About

Much has changed for people with disabilities over the past 66 years. The Arc of Essex County’s educational and social programs empower our consumers to achieve goals unimaginable just a decade ago. Children are now included in typical classroom settings in record numbers. Adults live in private residences with peers and are gainfully employed and socially active. We are closer than ever to reaching our goal for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to actively participate at every level in our society.

The Arc of Essex County’s dedicated staff of nearly 500 works with approximately 1,500 people each week. By combining compassion and competence in more than 44 programs, The Arc staff assists individuals from birth through their senior years in their quest to live fuller, more independent lives.

This is made possible through federal and state funding, civic organizations, United Ways and private foundations, as well as through fundraising efforts and individual memberships.  Of course, funding doesn’t answer every need. We are extremely fortunate to have a strong core of dedicated volunteers who contribute time and expertise to all of our endeavors.