The Waterbury Arc Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1950 by a group of concerned parents who wanted appropriate educational and vocational services for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was incorporated in 1952 and is a member of The Arc of Connecticut and The Arc of the United States
The Waterbury Arc is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors representing parents, advocates, consumers, and professional, business and community leaders.
2018 Board of Directors
Thomas V. Riley, Esq.
Louise Varanelli, R.N.
Anthony DiBona, Esq.
Over the years, The Waterbury Arc has grown and expanded to serve the needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Waterbury, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, Plymouth, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury. It strives to offer numerous opportunities by providing updated services and innovative programs, thereby encouraging each individual to reach their full potential.
About Intellectual Disabilities
An Intellectual disability occurs before the age of 18 and is characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills. It is diagnosed through the use of standardized tests of intelligence and adaptive behavior. Intellectual disabilities is generally thought to be present if an individual has an IQ test score of approximately 70 or below and a significant deficit in adaptive behavior (AAMR, 2002). Studies have shown that somewhere between 1% to 3% of Americans has intellectual disabilities, depending upon how they are counted. Based on IQ score alone, the percentages would be closer to 3%. Many adults who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities live wonderfully independent and productive lives.
PEOPLE FIRST LANGUAGE
People First language is age appropriate language that puts the person before the disability; as in ‘a person with disabilities as opposed to ‘the disabled person’ or ‘the man with blindness’ as opposed to ‘the blind man’. When putting the person first, it eliminates the invisible barrier that is created by identifying with a disability instead of the person.
BANNING THE “R” WORD
We in no way, shape or form use the word “retarded”. The word is no longer politically correct. Its colloquial use today means to be demeaning and insulting.
The Waterbury Arc is a local chapter of The Arc of Connecticut and The Arc of the United States. Other affiliations include the Connecticut Conference of Executives of the Arc, the National Conference of Executives of the Arc, The American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, and the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Waterbury Arc is a qualified vendor for and funded by the Connecticut State Department of Developmental Services, local Boards of Education and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Children and Families.
The Waterbury Arc must rely on the generosity of corporations, private foundations and civic organizations to provide the needed resources to maintain services and further its mission. Annual contributors include the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls, The Connecticut Community Foundation, the Knights of Columbus, Hartford Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, and the Walmart Foundation. As a membership organization, The Waterbury Arc depends on the general public for support through annual memberships drives, participation in fundraising activities, tax deductible donations, bequests, and even car donations. 100% of the money raised by The Waterbury Arc goes toward the agency’s programs and services. Call (203) 575-0707 for more information.