Our organization began with an ad in The Daily News announcing a gathering for area parents of children with mental retardation. The first parent meeting was held in 1957 at the YWCA in Batavia. This was the first time many of these parents had the opportunity speak candidly about family issues that were so entwined in their everyday lives. The support and encouragement to speak up and provide social and educational experiences similar to other children in the community became the passion of their mission.
The mission of Genesee ARC is to help all individuals with disabilities achieve their fullest potential in whatever their dreams or aspirations may be for the future. We have been providing programs and services for people with disabilities and their families for over 40 years in the Western New York area. Our programs, such as residential, employment, service coordination, family support and habilitation services have made an important impact in the lives of over 370 children and adults with disabilities this year alone.