Our mission is to advocate for the right of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to be regarded as valued citizens with the same entitlements as non-disabled individuals, including the right to lifelong opportunities for personal growth and full participation in the community.
ARC was founded in 1958, with Wing’s and Costello’s playing the major part. The reason was to provide and educational form for people with developmental disabilities. Many meetings were first held at the College of St. Joseph’s.
Without our local ARC, school integration would not have taken place as soon as it did. Many names from our past are Judge McCaffrey, Mrs. Mee, Dr. and Dot Pizanelle, Mr. Murry, Ms. Booth, Tom Chesley, Bill Evans, the Russel’s and Welk’s. There were also many parent-teacher meetings.
By the 80’s children with developmental disabilities were going to public schools. However, the children were still segregated from the rest of their classmates. Also for some time there were family ARC monthly meetings ran by parents.
In the 90’s integration overcame segregation. To date it is common in schools to see a person with developmental disabilities partaking in both learning from his/her peers and teaching his/her peers.
During the first decade of 2000, we have been building an advocacy movement, such that parents and individuals with developmental disabilities have the resources and skills to advocate for their needs by contacting; ARC, their Developmental Agency, their legislators, or their congressmen. As well as learning how to give back to their community.
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Board Member of ARC Rutland Area
Is it important to you that persons with developmental disabilities be regarded as valued citizens with the same entitlements as non-disabled individuals? Is it also important to you that this group of individuals be provided with opportunities for full participation within the community? If you truly believe in these human rights and are willing to advocate for this population, the position of a Board of Director for ARC Rutland Area is for you!
ARC Rutland Area believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability and that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society. ARC Rutland Area works diligently to assure 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 Board of Directors, comprised of local professionals and advocates as well as persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, works collaboratively with the Executive Director, in guiding ARC Rutland Area toward achieving the stated goals in their action plans.
This volunteer position is rewarding, enriching, and visionary. You will have the wonderful opportunity of impacting hundreds of lives in many positive ways through advocacy and engagement.
If you are interested, please contact Lisa Lynch at ARC Rutland Area, (802)775-1370.