The Arc is a network of affiliated chapters at the local, state and national level. Membership at any level automatically enrolls you as a member in the other levels.

By joining our network of more than 140,000 members and more than 700 affiliated chapters across the United States, you will become part of the largest grass roots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and ensure that sufficient resources are available to meet their needs in every community in our nation. In North Carolina, we have more than 30 chapters across the state.

Membership connects you to others who share your beliefs and your challenges. We are parents, family members, self-advocates (individuals with disabilities) and advocates that work to assure that children and adults with disabilities have every opportunity to lead full, rich lives in the community with the supports and services that they need.

Benefits of Membership for Organizations

Membership is designed to allow civic-minded businesses, academic institutions, government entities or other types of corporate or nonprofit organizations to show your support for The Arc’s mission and establish a strong connection with the intellectual and developmental disability community.

Membership gives you an opportunity to reach out to a national network of chapters, professionals in the field, volunteers and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and demonstrate your commitment to their needs.

Choose your category of membership and your level of benefits and join today to further your promotional and philanthropic goals while helping us expand The Arc’s advocacy, programs and services. 


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