The Northeast Arc helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play.

We were founded in 1954 by parents of children with developmental disabilities who wanted to raise their sons and daughters as full members of the community. By having the courage to challenge professionals who told them their children could not be educated and would not live to become adults, these parents created the systems that enabled them to attend public schools, develop friendships, reside in the neighborhoods of their choice and to earn a paycheck. Over the years, our programs have expanded to support children and adults with a broader range of disabilities, including autism and physical disabilities. Today we serve approximately 15,000 people in nearly 190 cities and towns. The goal of the Northeast Arc is to ensure that children and adults with disabilities are able to live, work, engage in civic life and play in the community. We work toward that goal by offering a wide variety of programs including Autism Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential and Transition Services. Northeast Arc is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of individuals with disabilities, parents and siblings of people with disabilities, and business and community leaders. Programs are operated by a professional staff led by a Chief Executive Officer with 35 years of experience at the helm of the organization, and are supported by a large volunteer corps.

Northeast Arc Supported Employment

Northeast Arc supports people with disabilities in securing paid employment. Job Developers and Coaches will work with employers to identify tasks and provide hands-on training free of charge.

Chris Stark at American Flatbread Company

ArcWorks

The gallery at Breaking Grounds is hosted by ArcWorks Community Art Center. Gallery includes art created at ArcWorks by artists supported through Northeast Arc and by local artists.

Photos of paintings hanging on a wall

Northeast Arc’s Innovative Businesses

Northeast Arc’s innovative businesses support employment training and placement, creative expression and community development:

  • Caning Company
  • Heritage Shredding
  • parcels
  • Peabody’s Black Box
  • Shine Jewelry