BENEFITING: The Arc of Greater Houston
ORGANIZER: The Arc of Greater Houston
EVENT: 2017 TOUR DU ROUGE
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
I am joining friends and new riders to bike from Houston to New Orleans to raise funds for the The ARC of Houston and the other chapters along the route. What is The Arc and how will my fundraising help? Many of you have never heard of The Arc or understand the people we serve. · The Arc was founded in 1950 by a small group of parents and other concerned individuals. · The Arc is the largest national organization serving people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. · We foster respect and access, giving people with IDD the power to achieve a full and satisfying life through a strong grassroots network of 140,000 members affiliated through more than 700 state and local chapters across the nation. · At the national level, a 22-member national board of directors and a delegate body of representatives from each chapter guide The Arc’s work. National headquarters staff located in Washington, D.C. carry out their decisions and directives. · What is an Intellectual and Developmental Disability? Intellectual disability is a disability that occurs before age 18. People with this disability experience significant limitations in two main areas: 1) intellectual functioning and 2) adaptive behavior. These limitations are expressed in the person's conceptual, social and practical everyday living skills. The most common syndromes associated with intellectual disability are Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Cerbral Palsy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). For more information go to http://www.thearc.org/learn-about/intellectual-disability · Why Is The Arc Needed? The Arc works to ensure that the estimated 4.6 million Americans with IDD have the services and supports they need to grow, develop and live in communities across the nation. These services include, but are not necessarily limited to, early intervention, health care, a free and appropriate public education and supports for their families. For adults, services and supports may include preparation for employment, help in finding a job, independent living skill training, leisure and recreation activities and any other supports needed across the lifespan.