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1961: The Anne Arundel County Associations for Retarded Children, Inc. incorporates.
1967: The Arc opens the Anne Arundel County Workshop which later became Opportunity Builders, Inc. and Providence Center.
1972: The Arc opens Bello Machre to provide residential services.
1973: The National Association for Retarded Children becomes the National Association for Retarded Citizens.
1974: The Arc begins the Infant Stimulation Program, which later became The Infant and Toddler Program.
1975: The Arc opens the county’s first group home in Linthicum.
1977: The Arc begins the Anne Arundel County Respite Care Program.
1978: The Arc begins the Anne Arundel County Retarded Citizens Residential Homes, Inc., which later became Alternative Living, Inc. They also opened a second
group home on Spa Drive in Annapolis and began an apartment based community living program.
1981: The Arc opens Langton Green.
1982: The Arc co-sponsors the “College for the Living” with Anne Arundel Community College.
1987: With support from Maryland’s Developmental Disability Administration (DDA), The Arc expands family and individual support services.
1990: The Arc converts the former residential home in Linthicum to a drop-off respite care home for families.
1991: The Association for Retarded Citizens becomes “The Arc”
1994: The Arc begins providing Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA).
1998: Alternative Living, Inc. merges into The Arc of Anne Arundel County to reduce administrative costs and to create a stronger, more unified agency. All administrative services are consolidated into the newly renovated Spa Road office in Annapolis.
2001: The Arc of Anne Arundel County begins coordinated outreach to the Hispanic community.
2004: The Arc provides Customized Employment.
2006: The Arc of Anne Arundel County opens a third office in Easton to better serve citizens on the Eastern Shore.
2007: The Arc of Anne Arundel County formally changes its name to The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region, and proudly serves Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Talbot counties.
2011: The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region, along with over 200 other Arc Chapters, introduces a new logo and brand – “Achieve with Us.”
2012: The Arc Central Chesapeake Region expands to include Kent County.
2016: The Arc celebrates 55 years since the organization was founded.