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The ARC of Alachua County was originally formed by a group of parents in 1962. In 1966, the organization was incorporated and has continuously provided services to developmentally disabled children and adults in Alachua County. We are committed to providing developmentally disabled people with quality services that promote independence.
The ARC fulfills two basic functions -- the first as a direct provider of service in Alachua County to almost 300 individuals, both adults and children, covering the entire spectrum of developmental disabilities. These include: mental retardation from all causes; spina bifida; autism; cerebral palsy; and Prader-Willi Syndrome. Services include early intervention, residential settings, transitional living, supported independent living, sheltered employment, mobile work crews, supported employment, adult day training, community inclusion, and behavioral support.
The ARC's other main function is to serve as an advocate for all persons with developmental disabilities regardless of where they may live or who may provide supports and services to them. Since Florida ranks 49th among the 50 states in funding for people with developmental disabilities, the need for a strong, unified voice in the political arena is crucial.
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