The Arc of Indiana was established in 1956 by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who joined together to build a better and more accepting world for their children. With over 30,000 members and 42 chapters in Indiana, and 140,000 members in over 700 chapters nationwide, The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Indiana works to inspire positive change in public policy and public attitudes. They have a full-time presence at the Indiana Statehouse, and, as the state chapter of The Arc of the United States, in the halls of Congress. Through their work with elected officials and leaders of state agencies, they advocate for funding, legislation, regulations, and policies that make a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.

Whether you are a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or a person with a disability – YOU can make a difference by joining The Arc’s public policy advocacy efforts.

ADEC is proud to have been the local chapter of The Arc of Indiana for Elkhart County since 2008. The partnership between ADEC and The Arc has flourished due to our shared values and goals, and we thank them for continuing to be a voice for both families and providers and for consistently advocating for change and improvements.

(Pictured are Donna Belusar, CEO of ADEC & Hannah Carlock, Director of Public Policy for The Arc of Indiana.)

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