The Arc of King County serves all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan: from prenatal diagnosis through end of life care. Our programs include: Information and Family Support for parents, guardians, and siblings; Supported Living Services for adults living in the community; Representative Payee for individuals needing financial management assistance; Homelessness Prevention for families at-risk of losing their housing; and Advocacy for self-advocates, family members, and community allies seeking to make our community more systemically equitable for all people. We promote and protect the human and civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting their full inclusion so that they can live, learn, work, and play in the community – making the world a better place for us all.
Mission & History
The Arc of King County was formed in 1936 when a group of parents raising children with intellectual and developmental disabilities came together to advocate for their children’s rights to live, learn, work and play in the community. From these grassroots origins, the first parents of The Arc fought for their children’s rights to access housing, education, employment, and community resources such as transportation.
To further the civil rights movement for all persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive as equal, valued, and active members of the community.
In King County, there are approximately 33,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, many of whom are underserved or unserved by community resources. People with I/DD have some of the lowest life outcomes of any minority group: they are more likely to live in poverty, be under or unemployed, experience homelessness, and be the victims of abuse. Navigating disability services and accessing needed resources is complicated, challenging, and very complex.
The Arc of King County is one of 730 chapters within The Arc of United States, and one of 9 chapters within The Arc of Washington. Along with all the other chapters of The Arc nationwide, we work together to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.