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Arc of Orange County, Inc.
June 26, 2011

The Arc of Orange is highly dedicated to improving the lives of a highly vulnerable and often "invisible" group of people--children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In helping these individuals the Arc of Orange not only provides stimulating activities but also needed relief to their care-givers. In addition, by bringing disabled people out into the community for their activities (e.g., volunteer work and play) they make us aware of their value and dignity. Even if people with intellectual disabilities cannot always express themselves fully, they are equal members of our community.

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My son has benefited from their services for many years. The Arc virtually saved our family during a year of crisis when our son with struck with a mental illness, on top of his intellectual disability. The Arc of Orange was also a crucial intermediary several times with the local school system, advising educators on ways to manage our child's behavior.

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The Arc might benefit from stronger connections with the local policy and political community as part of its effort to explain its mission and make plain the needs of the people it serves.

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