The Arc of Midland
“The Arc of Midland is a non-profit organization which promotes the general welfare of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and increases their presence, participation and inclusion in the community.”
With almost 40,000 community resource connections and over 150 partnering organizations, agencies and businesses, the Arc has been working to improve the lives of these individuals for the last 69 years.
“In 1952, the Arc of Midland was formed by Midland parents as a response to the lack of educational opportunities available to those with disabilities. Members of The Arc of Midland opened the first school for children with disabilities using funding from United Way. At that time, the mothers of these children operated the school, hired teachers, and even made lunches in the cafeteria. From the beginning, a large number of individual, family, and community support services have been developed. As this became a national norm, public schools integrated these individuals and special needs programs into their curriculum. Since inclusion in school was achieved, parents were able to focus on developing career opportunities for their children. Parents and concerned citizens from Midland County Rehabilitation Services for the Handicapped, Inc., some of whom were members of The Arc of Midland, formed the Arnold Center in 1967. The Disability Network of Mid-Michigan was later formed by members of The Arc of Midland to assist people with disabilities who were attempting to navigate and pursue competitive employment. The formation of these entities shows that The Arc of Midland figures out where the opportunities are for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If they don’t exist, we look for ways to create them.” [thearcofmidland.org/aboutus]
There are many ways you can contribute to this organization and make a difference. Visit the Arc of Midland’s website and social media for more information and ways to get involved.