The Arc of Kentucky holds a vision of a positive future for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; a future of communities with services and supports that will promote lives of value for Kentuckians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Kentucky believes that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are contributing members of schools, work places, churches, synagogues, neighborhoods, and their communities. The Arc values services and supports that enhance the quality of life through interdependence, friendship, choice, and respect for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Kentucky sees its Mission as:
Advocating for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence community policy.
The mission is accomplished primarily by its ability to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through
- Advocacy (the process of presenting their needs to local, state and national governmental and organizational bodies),
- Education (informing such persons and their families of the programs and processes that they can use, and by raising awareness of the general population of the needs and abilities of such persons so that they will be accepted as individuals by the general public).
Why Do We Exist?
The Arc of Kentucky advocates for the rights of citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities…
- to participate in and be included in all phases of community life,
- to make choices about and take control over their own lives to as large extent as possible – including where and with whom they will live and work in the community,
- by initiating and supporting local, state and national prevention efforts to reduce the incidence and limit the consequences of intellectual and developmental disabilities – through research, advocacy, education and family support, by providing leadership,
- pursuing quality and justice, and developing human and financial resources to reach the above goals.
Board of Directors
Immediate Past President