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When you become a part of The Arc family, the best resources and staff join your team to help navigate state systems, access services, reach goals, and achieve dreams.

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Ignited by a desire to ensure a better future for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a group of concerned parents banded together in 1948 to establish The Arc of Essex County. Sharing feelings, stories, and experiences empowered the group to face the challenges that raising a special needs child presented.

Today, our wide variety of supports and services enables us to deliver individualized care, tailored to everyone’s unique needs while providing support to families and loved ones. While learning a child is born with a disability is still emotional today, families can rest assured knowing The Arc of Essex County provides the supports and services necessary for their children to lead happy, productive, and fulfilling lives.

Slide Mission Statement The Arc of Essex County, the leader in creating and delivering supports and services, is the premier choice of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the community. The Arc of Essex County provides advocacy and services empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to realize a lifetime of personal achievement and full partnership in the community. Vision Statement


By The Numbers

Largest Chapter of The Arc in New Jersey

Serve Individuals from 7 Counties in Northern New Jersey

Reinvested more than $12.9 million to renovate & upgrade, programs and facilities

$31.1+M annual budget

Slide I can't say enough good things about The Arc of Essex County. They give a voice to those who are unable to speak for themselves. Lisa an I have had nothing but positive experiences over the many years we've availed ourselves of their services. I look forward to my daughter continuing to be a part of The Arc for many years to come. We are forever grateful. -Diane Alexander

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