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Our Story

In the mid-1950s, a small group of community volunteers joined together to advocate for the rights and needs of people with intellectual disabilities in Palm Beach County. The volunteers -- many of them parents of children with disabilities -- envisioned the creation of local community-based programs to educate and help their children lead productive lives. 

Incorporated in 1958, The Arc has since been providing remarkable services, continuing education, rights advocacy, loving care and family support.

Today, our programs offer a continuum of care for a lifetime. Services can begin as early as during pregnancy, in order to minimize or prevent developmental delays, and options are available to address a variety of needs for infants, children, teens, adults and families.