In 1952, if you were the parent of a child with a developmental disability, you had two alternatives: keep your child at home or institutionalize him or her. Parents began joining forces and agreed that this was simply unacceptable. Realizing that there was strength in numbers, 39 families began meeting with one another and formed a group called the Association for Retarded Children. They were determined to change the way people with developmental disabilities were treated... and that is exactly what they did.
Today, Schenectady ARC is one of 57 chapters that belong to NYSARC, Inc., a family-based organization dedicated to ensuring that persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities become active and contributing members of their communities. Although our name has since changed, our commitment has remained the same.