The Arc promotes respect, creates opportunities, facilitates services, and advocates for equal rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

​The Arc Central Chesapeake Region was founded in 1961 by a group of parents who wanted a different life for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A life of independence, inclusion, and opportunity.

Nearly 60 years later, The Arc has grown to support over 1,700 children and adults in 9 counties throughout Maryland.

We customize our services to the people we support because a one size fits all approach doesn’t work for everyone. We create opportunities for people to live, work, and play as valued members of the community.

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the way we provide our services. But we are determined to continue innovating and creating opportuniteis for people wiht disabilities to be successful in these unprecedented times.

What We Do

Children, Youth, & Their Families

The Arc connects parents and family members with the resources needed to feel confident and capable of helping their child thrive. Services are designed to complement existing resources for children and youth under the age of 21. Learning how to solve problems, make decisions, develop goals, and follow through builds self-reliance and trust in one’s ability to be successful. 

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Living Options & Services

To promote self-determination in how people with a disability live, The Arc makes safe, affordable, and accessible housing available along with the appropriate supports. 

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Day Services

The Arc’s Day Services connect people with a disability to the community to learn, engage, and thrive. Trained staff work with each person individually to develop their meaningful weekly schedule.

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Workforce Development

Working is an important part of life and a key marker of independence. People with disabilities have much to contribute, and we are a partner in that effort. At The Arc, we work with each person one-on-one to develop and achieve their employment goal with a local business at the prevailing wage.

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Behavioral Support Services

This holistic approach means we support people through the entirety of their life, encompassing their physical, mental, spiritual, financial, and emotional wellbeing.Behavioral Support Services are for people who need behavioral, social, or emotional support to thrive.

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