It started out as an idea in 1953 by a group of concerned parents. Originally known as the Association for Retarded Children, a small, but extremely determined gathering of parents organized and implemented an action plan as a means of helping each other and their children affected by mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. Slowly, limited education services were initiated with the determination of parent-volunteers leading the efforts.
Now known as Arc of Greater New Orleans, the organization and its services have flourished over the years to now serving some 1000 children and adults in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes. Arc provides various services throughout the entire community including Family Service Coordination, Respite, Personal Care, Employment Services, Day-Habilitation and Supported Living Assistance.
Arc of Greater New Orleans is committed to securing for all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop, function, and live to their fullest potential.
To create a community that advocates for the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, awareness, involvement, and education of families, employees, neighbors, throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
The Arc of Greater New Orleans envisions a community where all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity and help they require to succeed in their own personal growth, independence, and inclusion in this community.