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Our Name

Our Name

What Does Our Name Mean?

Our name is “The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region,” or “The Arc NCR,” for short. The correct use of our name means a lot. It represents supporting people with differing abilities over the arc of their lifetime. It means the only “r” word we use is “respect.” We invite you to read below and learn the history of our name, and the impact our name is making today.

Our name became “The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region.” This name promotes our mission, and encompasses the region we serve – Harford and Cecil Counties in the northern Chesapeake region of Maryland.

Watch “The Arc of a Lifetime” from The Arc United States. It exemplifies our name and its meaning! We provide services over the “arc” of a lifetime. Check out one of our very own Supported Employment employees, Charles, working at his job at Acadia Windows & Doors in the video!

The Arc of the United States created a wonderful video showcasing the support given to people with differing abilities. It also explains the meaning of “Arc” in The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region!

A movement began nationally to eliminate the use of “retarded” when referring to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1993, the “ARC” acronym was officially removed by The Arc of the United States. Our agency’s name changed to “The Arc of Harford County.”

In 1953, 10 families from Harford and Cecil Counties started the organization in their basement. The parents incorporated and named it “Northern Maryland Association of Retarded Citizens (NMARC).”





Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Mailing Address
4513 Philadelphia Road
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Phone: (410) 836-7177
Fax: (410) 893-3909