Strategic Framework


New Strategic Plan for the Future

What does true inclusion and equity look like for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

To make our vision a reality, The Arc will work to achieve the following Goals.

HUMAN DIGNITY

Every member of society recognizes and respects the human dignity of people with IDD.

SELF-DETERMINATION

People with IDD are masters of their own lives and destinies, with help from family, friends, and other supporters if needed.

QUALITY SUPPORTS

People with IDD and their families have timely access to the quality supports and services they need and want to achieve a life of personal significance.

POWERFUL VOICE

The Arc is an even stronger, more diverse force for change, capable of wielding power with and on behalf of people with IDD and their families at the local, state, and national levels.

STRATEGIES

The Arc will use the following strategies to advance and achieve our Goals.

  • BUILD THE MOVEMENT.
    The Arc will organize and mobilize a more powerful national movement of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their family members, and supporters to be activists for change.
  • SPEAK THE TRUTH TO ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN.
    The Arc will work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to amplify their stories, call for recognition of their human dignity and the day-to-day challenges they face, affirm their abilities and contributions, and demand change.
  • ADVOCATE.
    The Arc will aggressively advance the interests of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families before the executive and legislative branches of government and in the courts, and influence the practices of other private and public sector organizations.
  • EXTEND OUR REACH.
    The Arc will expand and sustain our presence as a critical part of the fabric of every community where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live.
  • INNOVATE.
    The Arc will capitalize on the collective knowledge and creativity of our federation of chapters to envision, pilot, and implement new and improved programs, supports, and services and to create new opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families that they need and want.