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Our Mission

The mission of The Arc is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their goals and enhance their quality of life. We are committed to educating, advocating for, and supporting families, friends, and communities to minimize the prevalence and effects of developmental disabilities. At The Arc of Butte County, our vision is to deliver top-tier programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). We strive for administrative and financial stability by continually enhancing our organization’s efficiency, effectiveness, and quality. Additionally, we are dedicated to strong local, state, and national advocacy efforts.

Our History

The Arc was founded in the 1950s by parents who believed their children with IDD deserved more – to be included in their communities and to pursue fulfillment and happiness just like everyone else. Since then, The Arc has continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face — and has played a pivotal role in changing the public perception of disability.

These families began to gain access to education and vocational services for their dependents, and The Arc’s journey started to form. In the 1960s, alongside the civil rights movement and with the election of President JKF (who had a sister diagnosed with IDD), such disabilities became part of our national agenda.

Through the decades, The Arc has advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations, such as The Arc of Butte County.

Locally, the Arc of Butte County provides direct care services to over 1,700 adults and children with neurologically based intellectual and developmental disabilities in Butte, Glenn, and Tehama Counties. We are thrilled to offer a wide range of exceptional services, including Adult Day Programs in Chico and Oroville, Job Development & Training (to prepare clients for jobs outside of Arc), Independent Living Skills instruction for adults living independently and a Respite Care Program which allows parents to leave their family members with IDD in the care of qualified Arc staff.  Our team is dedicated to providing top-notch support and guidance to help individuals thrive in all aspects of their lives. These services are all funded through the State of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Far Northern Regional Center.

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