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Family Supports Coordination

Guidance and Support to Parents of Children Age 0-3

Residential Support Services

Support Services for People Who Wish to Live Independently

Community Integration

Five Community Centers Provide Activities That Promote Independence

Employment Services

Pre-employment Training and Job Placement

Turning Beads into Jobs

Your Bead Donations and Your Purchases Support Our Mission

Arc of Greater New Orleans works to secure for all people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to develop, function, and live to their fullest potential.

The ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center Turns Beads into Jobs 

Donate Beads

Host a bead drive or donate beads at one of our collection sites.

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer with our bead team in a fun and festive environment.

Buy Beads Online

Buy recycled beads to help us turn beads into jobs.

About Us

Arc of Greater New Orleans (ArcGNO) is a 67-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the independence and well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. Our staff currently support over 600 individuals throughout Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes.

What we do

Family Supports Coordination

Help families of young children obtain speech, occupational and physical therapy.

Residential Support Services

Assist adults with day-to-day living skills so they can be more independent.

Community Integration

We operate five community centers promoting independence, self-reliance and self esteem.

Employment Services

We assist with job placement, provide job coaching and employ individuals with IDD.

Mardi Gras Bead Recycling

We turn beads into jobs  by collecting, sorting and repackaging throws.


Provides transportation services for jobs, community centers and social outings.


With your help we can continue to provide services and support to those in need.


Help us advocate for and empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Our purpose is to create, through education, advocacy, and support, a greater New Orleans community that includes, accepts, and celebrates people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Be Ready with Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Are you and your loved ones really storm-ready? Hurricane preparedness is important for everyone that lives along the Gulf Coast, but individuals with disabilities and their families often need to take additional measures.   At the Arc of Greater New Orleans,...

ArcGNO Seeking Board of Directors Applicants

ArcGNO Seeking Board of Directors Applicants

Want to make a difference in the life of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability?Join the ArcGNO Board of Directors!Interested applicants should fill out this interest form and check out what the expectations of board members are. An Arc board member...

So, Where Do We Go From Here?

ArcGNO’s Executive Director Gives an Update on the Agency’s Status during COIVD-19: In the 67 years Arc of Greater New Orleans (ArcGNO) has been in existence, it has experienced a lot. ArcGNO emerged in the 1950s when parents of children with Down syndrome or another...

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