A 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, The Arc Dearborn operates under the guidance of a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, parents, and members of the disabled communities in which it serves. Organizationally, The Arc Dearborn revolves around two major functions, the Community Program, which enables people with disabilities to be fully involved in the activities of the greater community, and advocacy, including Systems Navigation, Parent Mentorship, and the promotion of Dignified Lifestyles for all people.
The Arc Dearborn provides a wide range of supportive services, information and advocacy to improve the quality of life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc promotes opportunities to live, learn and work in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and surrounding communities among family, friends and neighbors.
The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value; are equal before the law; and must be treated with dignity and respect. The Arc represents, supports and acts on behalf of individuals and their families regardless of level of disability or membership in The Arc. The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people with the supports needed to make informed decisions and choices. We endorse, support, practice and live by the Credo For Support.