Back when I was in college, I worked for Lafourche Arc, assisting people who were unable to care for themselves. It was my first experience with the noble work “the Arc” does. They and the people they help made an impression on me. The Arc is a champion of disability rights for the thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Through my participation in the 2019 Tour du Rouge, a charity event, I hope to raise money to support the Arc. Over the past eight years, I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in the last day of the event several times. This year I’m able to take part in the entire event, riding 535 miles from Houston, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, allowing me to make a bigger impact for the Arc, and ultimately the people who need them. Please help me by donating to this worthy cause.
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.
With nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities. The Arc works with its federation of state and local chapters to create an impressive network of human service agencies ensuring they have the strongest civil rights advocates promoting and protecting their needs at all levels.
Their nationwide network of chapters provides a wide range of human services and other supports to people with I/DD and their family members, including individual and public policy advocacy and residential, educational, and vocational services that let people with I/DD participate and be included in their communities. In addition, many of their chapters provide person-centered and financial planning, recreational activities, and other supports that meet the unique needs of people with I/DD and their families.