We founded NYSARC in 1949 to meet a critical mission — to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. We do it by:
- Being the preferred place for support, information, direction, and services for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
- Having the best in service delivery.
- Speaking with one clear voice in all matters.
- Becoming a learning organization by building training and educational opportunities into all aspects of NYSARC, Inc. operations.
Our roots are more humble. We started with two Bronx mothers in February 1949 placing an advertisement for other parents interested in establishing a day nursery. Two hundred people showed up. They agreed to unite to support their children with developmental disabilities and by March, had incorporated and started their advocacy.
The organization, then known as the Association for Retarded Children (a term we abandoned decades ago), became a singularly effective advocate for all people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and has been replicated across America.
Today, we’re a leading advocate in both New York and the United States. We have successfully lobbied for:
- Educational opportunities for children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
- Fully-integrated classrooms.
- Removing people with developmental disabilities from the facilities that simply warehouse them to give them a chance to live in their own homes, and to work at fulfilling career.
We’re also a critical service provider through our 55 chapters and lobby for the legislation and policies that support our loved ones.
But we still have the same core commitment: Everyone, regardless of ability, is entitled to the dignity that is the birthright of every other citizen. We want everyone to have the opportunity to lead a rich, full life.
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