While the organization has undergone a few name changes through its history, we are now simply known as The Arc of Chester County. When the organization was founded, there were few programs and services for people with disabilities. In line with prevailing thinking, many people with developmental and intellectual disabilities were segregated from their community and/or institutionalized at Pennhurst State School and Hospital, Embreeville State Hospital, and other places. The Arc’s founders defied conventional wisdom by advocating and working for public education and community inclusion for their children.
From the beginning, The Arc has been a respected voice for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The organization continues to be committed to advocate, educate, and provide services to empower individuals with disabilities and their families to enhance the quality of their lives.