Our Mission. The Arc of Virginia promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Our Vision. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are valued as classmates, coworkers, neighbors, citizens and friends.
About The Arc of Virginia
Advocacy is key in our identity as The Arc of Virginia. We promote self-advocacy, which equips people with I/DD from across the state with the tools and resources to advocate for themselves. We work to ensure that self-advocates have a seat at every table where I/DD policy is discussed and that they have the support needed for meaningful participation. We meet with legislators and policymakers to explain what is needed to achieve the A Life Like Yours vision, such as: ending the Medicaid Waiver waitlist, which has surpassed 10,000 individuals; improving services offered in the Waiver program; ensuring institutions are closed and community integrated housing and employment is available to all Virginians with I/DD, and; expanding access to early intervention services and quality education for youth with I/DD. The Arc’s strength and voice is critical to shaping solutions and cultivating the political will to resolve the systemic problems in Virginia’s I/DD service systems. We’ve seen some successes over the years; in the 2015 General Assembly session we achieved increases in I/DD Waiver reimbursement rates; protection of new I/DD Waiver slots, and; passage of legislation that limits the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools. But, there is still plenty of work to be done.
The Arc of Virginia is a state chapter of The Arc of the United States and is comprised of 24 local chapters from across the Commonwealth. Joining a local chapter gives you automatic membership to The Arc of Virginia and The Arc of the United States. When you join The Arc, you strengthen and sustain the A Life Like Yours movement. Contact your local chapter to join The Arc today. If you do not have a local chapter in your community, you can join The Arc of Virginia. If you’re interested in establishing a local chapter in your community, contact Tonya Milling, Executive Director at email@example.com or (804) 649-8481, ext. 102. You can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Join us in attaining our vision of a community where people with disabilities are valued as classmates, coworkers, neighbors, citizens and friends!