Leader in Disability Rights
We are a nonprofit organization run by knowledgeable professionals in the field of developmental disabilities, including, family members and people with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD), who together advocate and serve people with I/DD and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X to various other developmental disabilities.
Passionate for inclusion, independence and education, we are the first resource for I/DD matters in King County. The Arc of King County is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of Washington and The Arc of the United States.
Grounded in the Community
Founded in 1936, The Arc of King County is the oldest non-profit organization serving individuals with I/DD in the Greater Puget Sound area, and one of the oldest such organizations in the United States.
At first, just a group of parents who wanted to provide books, toys, and other things not offered by the state to their kids living in state institutions. Year after year, the organization honed its mission and adapted to the changing realities people with disabilities and their families face.
Governed by a volunteer board of directors and managed by a professional staff, we work passionately to uphold our vision of a world where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities thrive as equal, valued and active members of the community.
How we do it?
We serve thousands of individuals annually offering support and individualized services to people with all forms of I/DD and their families. We also assist professionals, school districts, legislative groups and other organizations in any matter related to I/DD.
We do this through:
• We provide information and opportunity for the community of people with I/DD and their caring community to influence decision makers to work for their benefit. We encourage them to understand the issues and contact their legislators with their opinions and needs. We organize groups to attend legislative sessions and follow the political process to make sure state laws and regulations reflect our contituents’priorities.
• We educate and support decision makers about the needs of people with I/DD. We organize an annual legislative forum where the main topics related to I/DD at the moment are presented and different perspectives of community members are shared. This way we ensure that the legislators know in depth and first-hand about the pros and cons of a matter before voting.
• We educate the community, people with I/DD and those who love and support them to understand their rights, resources and available services. We actively help them to contact the right agencies and to request the support they need. We offer formal training about specific subjects, such as social security, guardianship, legal rights, trust and wills.
• We teach the community at large about the needs of people with I/DD and their families and how to engage them.
• We work with each individual, analyzing particular needs, giving advice and supporting access to available services. We provide hands-on daily services for those that with a little assistance are able to live independently. We may pay bills, go grocery shopping, manage money or help with medical appointments. Daily tasks that allow a person to be included in community life.
Click here to read about our goals and strategies and how we chart the impact we are making.
The Arc of King County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with funding from local, city, and state contracts, and private contributions.
The Arc of King County provides equal opportunity in all aspects of its services, activities, governance and employment free from discrimination and without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital, parental or domestic partner status, Vietnam-Era Veteran or Disabled-Veteran status, the use of service animals or trained guide dogs, or medical condition - including communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS, and the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any basis prohibited by law.