Our Mission & Values

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s Mission is to promote respect, create opportunities, and advocate for equal rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our dedicated staff works on the front-line providing life changing interventions, grants, services and programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Core Values are evident in all aspects of our programs and services. These core values are:

People FirstThe Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.

EquityThe Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.

Community: The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.

Our Mission and Values
Self-determination: The Arc believes in self-determination and self-advocacy.  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.

Diversity: The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).