The mission of The Arc-Solano is to promote the greatest personal growth, community understanding, and full participation of people with developmental disabilities and their families through support, education, and advocacy.
Our mission statement speaks to the long and difficult road that people with developmental disabilities have had in this country. In the past, our consumers were labeled feeble-minded, morons, idiots, unteachable, and lived in segregated and abusive institutions. Families who desired to keep their loved ones at home had no options or community supports. In the 1950s and the 1960s, frustrated and angry over poor living conditions and the lack of community services, parents began to organize and demand services for their sons and daughters. The efforts of a few groups of parents, scattered across the United States, led to a strong, national movement of parents who declared "The Retarded Can Be Helped." The parents' movement worked on improving conditions in state institutions; creating community services, educational and employment opportunities; initiating legislation; and challenging the conventional wisdom that people with disabilities could not be helped. After years of treating people with intellectual and other disabilities with guilt and shame, people began to speak about their family members with disabilities.
The Arc has its roots in these early family advocates and it has become one of the largest organizations comprised of family, friends, self-advocates, and professionals in the I/DD community. As of 2020, there was more than 131,000 staff working at over 600 chapters of The Arc in 48 states!
Our mission speaks of personal growth, community understanding, and full participation- all of which are the antithesis of society's past treatment of our participants. People with developmental disabilities should not just be included but welcomed into all aspects of society. They have the right to make their own choices, develop meaningful relationships, and contribute to their community. Our purpose at The Arc-Solano is to encourage, teach, and model for our consumers- and the community- how this is done.
Your gift will be used to help improve the lives of people who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.