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Fast Facts

About Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

  • One in 10 Montgomery County households includes a child or adult with IDD

  • Thousands of people with IDD in Maryland are on a waiting list for basic services

  • IDD 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 IDD and their families

  • One of the oldest and largest nonprofit agencies in Montgomery County with an annual operating budget of approximately $25 million and approximately 500 employees

  • Provider of daily direct support services to over 600 children, youth, adults & seniors, 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

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 adults living in the family home, living independently, or living in one of 36 single family homes, townhomes, and individual apartments or condos operated by The Arc

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

  • Active options for retirees and senior citizens with IDD

  • Respite coordination (short-term relief) for primary caregivers of frail senior citizens and people with IDD

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

  • Urban Thrift store internship and employment opportunities