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Who We Are

Since 1959, The Arc of Bristol County has been a champion in carrying out the mission of serving and supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.  The growth in this arena has been remarkable and we are consistently developing programs to help people of all abilities to live their best lives. With 7 service locations, we provide a myriad of critical supports to more than 2,600 individuals in southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island.


To foster community partnerships, promote individual advocacy and create a pathway for growth and innovation by offering exceptional support and services to people with all abilities through the attraction, development and retention of superior talent who passionately demonstrate best practices.

People of all abilities are empowered to succeed by making their own choices.

Our Core Values

People First:

Treating people with dignity and respect is first and foremost.  We all have strengths, abilities and inherent value. We advocate for people to be empowered to make their own informed decisions and choices. 


Our strength, as part of a national network, allows The Arc to advocate for and with individuals on important issues, policies and services. We believe that each person has a unique voice and has the right to share their opinion.  

Visionary Leadership:

By staying true to our mission and strategically partnering with community partners, we provide innovative, unique, creative services that enhance the lives of those we support.

Community Partnerships:

We recognize that each individual is an integral member of a larger community including but not limited to family, neighborhood, city, state, nation, and of the world. To have a positive community presence, we encourage our community partners to promote the inclusion of all people.


The Arc values and insists upon diversity in its leadership and membership. The Arc actively pursues and welcomes diverse groups (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and level of disability).

Integrity and Excellence:

The Arc proudly acts with integrity by practicing transparency and honesty in our business. Through constant quality assurance practices, The Arc aspires to excellence in all its work.

Our Impact

  • People Helped


  • Professional Staff


  • Types of Services Provided


  • Cities and towns served in MA and RI


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