Arc of Greensboro Special Education Scholarship Endowed Fund
The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:
The Arc of Greensboro, Inc.
The Arc – The Arc advocates for and serves people with Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of 700 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.
ADVOCACY & PROGRAMS
INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
EMPOWERMENT… INNOVATION… INCLUSION
WHO WE ARE
The Arc of Greensboro is an organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc of Greensboro was created in 1953 as a grassroots community group of parents and other concerned stakeholders to advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Greensboro is affiliated with a network of similar organizations at the state and national level that advocate and promote inclusive environments and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have choices as they live their lives in the community. The organization collaborates with Guilford County Schools Exceptional Children’s Parent Advisory Council, The Family Support Network of Central Carolina, and other community groups on public education and outreach projects. The Arc of Greensboro continues to grow and adapt to the ever-changing needs of our target population.
WHAT WE DO
The Arc of Greensboro is committed to identifying and securing life-long opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through advocacy, services, programs and education, The Arc supports individuals and their families in choosing options that lead to productive and satisfying lives. The Arc of Greensboro is an accredited non-profit, United Way organization that provides a variety of services which benefit individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability. With cooperation from the Greensboro Parks and Recreation, The Arc of Greensboro oversees the Challenger Sports League that offers adaptive baseball, tennis, bowling and basketball activities for school-age children with disabilities. The Arc of Greensboro remains a vital resource for individuals with I/DD and their families through our Community Guide department. The N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the local business community partner with The Arc to develop gainful employment for adults with special needs. Since, 2006 The Arc has provided $85,500 in need-based scholarships for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Arc promotes community inclusion, empowerment and independence.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the rights afforded every American and that they demand to be included and participate as full members of the community. Here at the Arc we believe everybody deserves a choice and a voice!