History of The Arc of Stanly County
The Arc of Stanly County was founded in 1958 by a small group of parents and other concerned individuals. At that time, little was known about the condition of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) or its causes, and there were virtually no programs and activities in communities to assist in the development and care of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilitiesand to help support families.
In the early days the association worked to change the public's perception of children with I/DD and to educate parents and others regarding the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc also worked to procure services for children and adults who were denied day care, preschool, education and work programs.
Today, the Arc of Stanly County provides advocacy for individuals with disabilities and their families. It works to establish and change perceptions of people with disabilities so that they can be included as full members of Stanly County and the communities in which they live.
To review a timeline of the agency's history, please click here.