Fast Facts – The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
Since 1953, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR) has helped people with differing abilities build better lives one person at a time. The Arc NCR currently offers the following services to individuals with differing abilities living in Harford and Cecil Counties:
- Supported Employment Services to adults
- Family Support Services to individuals (age 0-21) and their families
- Services for Transitioning Youth
- Treatment Foster Care Services to children and their families
- Supported Living and Individual Support Services to adults
- Community Partners day program for adults
What does The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region do?
- The Arc NCR strives to provide state-of-the-art services to empower people with differing abilities to live, work and play in the community.
- The Arc NCR advocates for the rights and full participation of children and adults with differing abilities.
- The Arc NCR provides services to families through educational and/or medical advocacy, referral services and financial services.
- The Arc NCR champions legislation and policy that directs resources and decisions to individuals and families.
- Respect, Self-Determination, Responsiveness and Community Building are the guiding principles of all work that we do to support people with differing abilities.
What is a developmental disability?
A developmental disability is defined in federal laws as a severe, chronic, often lifelong physical and/or mental impairments that becomes apparent before the age of 22 including epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy.
How is The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region financially supported?
The Arc NCR is a non-profit organization and provider of health and human services, incorporated under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Arc NCR is supported through the generous donations from its members, sponsors and individual donors who believe in personally valued lives for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc NCR also receives finances from private and public government grants as well as funding from government health and human services.
How and when did The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region begin?
The Arc NCR began in 1953 as a grassroots organization of 10 families who wanted a better life for their children. At that time, children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities were denied basic services such as day care, preschool, education and work programs.
“841 citizens with developmental disabilities in Harford County currently receive or are on the waiting list to receive services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). 168 people receive DDA funded residential services. 131 live in homes with 3 or fewer people with developmental disabilities. 37 live in homes with 4 or more people with developmental disabilities.”
Reference: Harford County Service Coordination Report
Bureau of Labor Statistics Data on Employment of People with Disabilities
U.S. Census Bureau’s “Disability” Page
DD Council’s 5-Year Plan 2012-2016
2010 Census: Disability Stats
2010 Census: Disability Employment Stats
“Still In The Shadows With Their Future Uncertain” Key Findings,
A Report on Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS), 2011