Founded in 1949, Westchester Arc is the oldest and largest agency in Westchester County serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities and their families.
Over six hundred employees provide more than 1,600 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life. Through a process called person-centered planning, Westchester Arc enables those it serves first to define their dreams, and then, with the help of family, friends and staff, to work towards realizing them.
Westchester Arc was founded by a small group of parents seeking companionship for their children with mental retardation. Since no community-based services existed at that time for such children, and since public schools were not required to teach them, they had little opportunity to make friends. But that was then, now is much better. Over the years the agency has grown and families have remained its lodestar. Westchester Arc's bylaws require that at least fifty percent of its directors be relatives of a person with developmental disabilities.
Westchester Arc offers programs and services to people with developmental disabilities of all ages.
early intervention for infants, toddlers and their families
a preschool program
educational advocacy for children from 5-21 years
youth groups for teens
transition planning for students preparing to leave high school
vocational training and job placement
daily living skills classes for adults
independent and group living in forty-two residences
respite care for children and adults
recreational activities including a sleep-away camp
24-hour crisis management
individual and group psychological counseling
self-advocacy training for adults
bilingual (English-Spanish) outreach to unserved or underserved members of minority groups
social work that fills gaps left by other services
guardianship for adults whose families are no longer able to care for them
Westchester Arc is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc., and a United Way agency. – less–ZoomInfo