Fast Facts

About Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

  • One in 10 Montgomery County households includes a child or adult with I/DD

  • Thousands of people with I/DD in Maryland are on a waiting list for basic services

  • I/DD includes diagnoses such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fetal alcohol syndrome, brain injury and more

  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities are caused by genetics, problems in pregnancy, birth defects, health problems (diseases, malnutrition, environmental toxins), and trauma

About The Arc Montgomery County

  • A local chapter of The Arc of the United States, the largest organization in the world for people with I/DD and their families

  • One of the oldest and largest nonprofit agencies in Montgomery County with an annual operating budget of approximately $22 million and almost 475 staff

  • Provider of daily direct support services to over 500 adults, youth & children, and their families

  • Funded through federal, state and local governmental agencies (including DDA, DHMH, SSA, MSDE, and more), donations, fee-for-service payments and commercial business operations

  • Hosts two signature fundraising events annually: Gala (fall) and Duck Splash Festival (spring)

About Our Programs and Services

  • Fully-inclusive child care for children ages 6 weeks-10 years with and without disabilities and special medical needs

  • After-school and summer care for youth ages 11-21

  • Community living support for children and adults living in the family home or living independently

  • Full residential support at 37 single family homes, townhomes, and individual apartments or condos

  • Work skills training and other employment-related services for adults and youth transitioning from school

  • Active options for retirees and senior citizens with I/DD

  • Respite care (short-term relief) for primary caregivers of frail senior citizens and people with I/DD

  • Commercial business services including lawn care, litter maintenance, paper and textile recycling

  • Urban Thrift store internship and employment opportunities

  • Support groups and workshops for siblings, self-advocates, transitioning youth, and Hispanic families

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