The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport was formed in 1962 by a small group of concerned individuals and parents determined to improve services for their sons & daughters with developmental disabilities.

In 1998, after 37 years of providing only advocacy services, The Arc was approached by a small group of families concerned their only option upon completion of their educational programs was to place their sons and daughters in sheltered workshops. They enlisted us to help them develop an innovative flexible approach tailored to the unique needs of their children. Thanks to their dream, The Arc has experienced about 20 years of dynamic growth and development, and now support over 100 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

We are a member of The Arc of Massachusetts and also of The Arc of the United States. The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 730 state and local chapters across the nation. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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