The Arc of Colorado was founded in 1954 and at the time, little was known about the condition of intellectual disability or its causes; there were virtually no programs or activities in communities to assist in the development and care of children and adults with intellectual disability and/or to help support families. In the early days, we worked to change the public’s perception of children with intellectual disability and to educate parents and others regarding the potential of people with intellectual disability. The Arc of Colorado has worked for decades to obtain services for children and adults who were denied day care, preschool, education, and employment programs.
Through a strong, statewide grassroots network of 15 chapters directed by 3,700 members, over 9,000 individuals and families are served annually. The Arc of Colorado is the state chapter and across the state, we have an additional 14 local chapters. Together, we work with the local communities to foster respect and access, giving people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) the power to achieve a full and satisfying life.