The Arc of San Francisco Overview
Target demographics: Adults with Developmental Disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, and other cognitive disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Programs: For over 57 years The Arc of San Francisco has filled a vital need in the community. We offer a broad menu of services and supports in San Francisco and San Mateo counties that provide people with developmental disabilities with the opportunity to learn valuable skills that will enable them to become productive and valued members of society, enriching the quality of life for all in our community.
- Job development and placement.
- Employment retention services.
- Instruction in basic social skills and independent living.
- Senior Services
- Medical Health Advocacy
- Nutrition & Fitness Classes
- Housing Advocacy & Placement
- Residential support services.
- Artistic Development, professional & recreational
- Recreational services & socoal activities
The Arc of San Francisco was founded in 1951 by parents who were alarmed by the lack of services and educational opportunities available for their sons and daughters with developmental disabilities.
Since those early days, much has changed. With education and training, most persons with developmental disabilities can lead fuller, more independent lives than ever thought possible. They can communicate their needs, make responsible decisions and work in jobs in the community, as long as they are given a chance.
Today, each person who comes to The Arc receives personally-tailored services, based upon his or her own needs. More than 550 adults are currently served by The Arc, including persons with multiple disabilities and seniors.
The Arc has also been a long-standing champion for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities. Our organization has advocated for important political, social and economic changes which lead to the expansion of opportunities for persons with disabilities. We believe all persons are inherently valuable, have potential to learn, and are entitled to services and supports that foster their growth.