The Arc of San Antonio was founded in 1954 by parents who believed their children with IDD deserved more – to be included in their communities and to pursue fulfillment and happiness like everyone else. Since then, The Arc has evolved with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face.
To enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.
To provide quality, innovative services and assistance to all individuals with IDD and their families during all phases of life in San Antonio, Bexar County, and the surrounding counties.
In 1954, little was known about intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) or their causes. There were virtually no programs and activities to assist people with IDD or support their families. It was common for doctors to tell parents the best place for their child was in an institution. But, these parents wanted their loved ones to lead fulfilling lives in their homes and the community. So, these parents and advocates created The Arc of San Antonio. Throughout our 67-year history, The Arc of San Antonio, Inc. (“The Arc”) has responded to the changing needs in our community by developing programs and partnerships that address the most critical issues facing people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With over 100,000 individuals living with a cognitive disability in Bexar County alone, needs for consistent, quality community supports are substantial, and the role these supports play in the well-being of people with IDD and those who care for them is critically important.