What We Do

The Arc San Joaquin (The Arc) is one of 700 state and local chapters providing services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  As a member of The Arc California and The Arc US on the national, state and local level we educate and advocate for the rights of individuals with I/DD to fully participate in life and community. 

The Arc began as a grassroots organization in 1954 led by parents to access services for children and adults with I/DD.  This journey did not come with a clear path except to know that assertive advocacy and participation in the process of educating and communicating a clear and responsive agenda at community, local, state and national government levels was imperative.  Locally, parents, civic organizations, schools, government and concerned citizens joined together to increase access to pre-school and day care, accessible education for children with high-level physical and learning needs, summer recreation, employment programs and adult life and social engagement training (adult day program).

With supports and services there is opportunity for individuals with I/DD to experience a life as full citizens.  We believe that services and supports are resources to manage the effects and challenges of I/DD and when possible to remove barriers and controls to full inclusion.  Services are outcome-oriented and based upon individual strengths, preferences and needs.  These services are offered at The Arc:

  • Supported Employment and other employment services for individuals
  • Hiring resource for local employers
  • Adult life skill and social engagement training (adult day program)
  • Information about intellectual and developmental disabilities


Links to Related Resources:                                                     

Valley Mountain Regional Center

Department of Rehabilitation

Department of Developmental Services

The Arc California

The Arc US

State Council on Developmental Disabilities

State Council Regional Office 6

Family Resource Network

Autism Society

Disabled Student Services - San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton Metropolitan Rapid Transit District