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Core Values

Person First

The Arc values persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities for who they are, not by their disability.

Equity and Pursuit of Happiness

The Arc believes that persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities have a right to pursue a life of happiness and are entitled to life-long learning opportunity, dignity, respect, safety, equality and security.

Community

The Arc believes that persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities belong in the community to be fully included in all aspects of society.

Personal Choice

The Arc believes that people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities can make decisions about their own lives and it is important for individual life stories be told and heard.

Diversity 

The Arc believes that society benefits from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics and life experiences.