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About Us

The lack of services for people with intellectual disabilities led a group of parents to band together in 1953 to form CPARC.

The parents set out to provide an alternative to institutionalization for their children. At that time, the only option for parents of children with disabilities was to place them in a state institution. For decades, children and adults with disabilities were systematically denied educational opportunities, vocational training jobs, housing and almost every other right and service that people without disabilities took for granted.

Staff at CPARC advocate for people with disabilities; offer tools and training to help families; and ensure that individuals live, work and play in their community.

CPARC adheres to a nondiscrimination policy.


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The mission of The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC) is to empower, inspire, and educate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the community.