Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, education, support and socialization.
IMPORTANT TRAINING! Go to the training page of this website for important information on an upcoming safety training that is geared for everyone.
Let's Stay Connected: The Arc of Blair County would like to start 'virtual' programs. These would be 15 to 30 minute web based classes where we could see one another and communicate. The Arc will provide all of the materials, sent to your home. Ideas include group trivia, group dance, group crafts, etc. If you are becoming bored staying at home, call The Arc Blair at 814.946.1011 and we will get you started on our virtual programs. No cost and all are welcome to join.
The Arc of Blair County
The Arc of Blair County believes that persons with developmental disabilities are valuable members of society and have the same rights as all citizens. They have the right to a free and appropriate education in an integrated setting, the right to live in a comfortable residence in their own local community, the right to protection from health and safety hazards in their environment, the right to work at a meaningful wage in a vocation appropriate to their talents, the right to social and personal relationships and the right to participate in the recreational and cultural activities of their community. It is the vision of Arc of Blair County to foster, protect and nurture these rights.
The Arc of Blair County serves as an important voice for persons with disabilities and their families.
The Arc of Blair County
431 Jackson Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
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from The Arc of Blair County
March 26, 2020
See the above notice in blue. Please join us for "Virtual Programs". Details above.
Check out The Arc facebook and twitter pages for up to date resources. The Arc of Blair County is part of a state task force which communicates several times per week regarding the coronavirus. Information from the calls, and from other state sources The Arc is involved with, are posted on The Arc's social media pages.
ALL ON SITE and IN PERSON PROGRAMS cancelled at The Arc Blair until further notice:
Based on Governor's Wolf announcement to close all non essential business for the mitigation of the Corona Virus, The Arc of Blair County will be closing its physical location and cancelling all in person, on site programs until further notice.
The safety and well being of not only of those involved with The Arc of Blair County, but the entire community, is paramount. Therefore, we are cancelling all programs, activities, dances, and trainings through the end of March in the hope that we can help to slow the spread of the virus.
We will reevaluate everything on April 1 and will post updates at that time.
The Arc of Blair County office will operate on limited hours. Emails and phone messages will be checked daily and we will return all messages as soon as possible.
During this unusual time, please do not panic. Keep sanitizing your home, wash your hands, and cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing. If you feel distraught or anxious, please text PA to 741-741. A line has been established for anyone facing fears of the Corona Virus.
For up to the date information on the virus, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
Check out the training page to the left on an important training coming to The Arc!
What are your hobbies?
Call The Arc of Blair County at 814-946-1011 if you would like to see a class or program offered. Is there something you always wanted to try? Do you have specific interests but have no one to share them with? Let us know and we will do our best to begin offering a class.
Concerned About Issues? Are you worried about the lack of funding for people with disabilities in the state budget? Do you have concerns about competitive employment because of a disability? Are you worried about services following high school? Contact The Arc of Blair County to discuss your individual situation. We have over 60 years of advocacy experience. Resources on a variety of topics are available.