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What does The Arc stand for?
Throughout its history, The Arc’s name has seen many changes:
- 1950: Founded as the National Association of Parents and Friends of Mentally Retarded Children
- 1952: The name was changed to the National Association for Retarded Children (NARC)
- 1974: The name was changed to the National Association for Retarded Citizens
- 1980: The name was changed to Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States
- 1991: The name was changed to “The Arc”. For the first time, the word ‘retarded’ was removed from the name
Who does The Arc help?
We help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and supporters and others with disabilities.
What is IDD?
IDD is an acronym for Intellectual and Developmental Disability. IDD is an overarching term used to describe a life-long disability attributable to cognitive, neurological or other impairments manifested before the age of 22 and usually lasting for a lifetime. IDD affects the activities of daily living in language, learning, living independently, mobility and self-care, among other areas. Down syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder are examples of IDD.
What do you call a person with a disability?
We use “People First Language which is an objective and respectful way to speak about people with disabilities by emphasizing the person first, rather than the disability.