Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, education, support and socialization.

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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

Phone:  814-946-1011
Fax:  814-946-1013


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Latest News from the Arc

October 17, 2017


2017 WREATHS through Alto-Reste Park.
          Alto-Reste Park has a tradition of providing wreaths at gravesites. This year, they are donating the sales of the wreaths to the Arc of Blair County and Empowering Lives Foundation.
          You do not need to be a patron of Alto-Reste to order a wreath. The wreath sale is open to the public to be placed at homes, businesses, or other sites.
         The best part of the wreaths that Warner's Florist is producing is that individuals with disabilities will be involved in the distribution of the wreaths. This is a win-win! The Arc receives a portion of the sale proceeds and individuals with disabilities learn more skills.
       See more details at The Arc website Support The Arc Page or visit Alto-Reste Park at

Join the Committee of Non Profit Businesses for the Best Day You've Ever Had - a conference sure to motivate and inspire. Check out The Arc training page on this website for more details and to register.

SQUARE DANCING in October will ONLY take place Oct 12 and Oct 26. Those are the second and fourth Thursdays. The callers are unavailable the other 2 Thursdays.

THE COOKING CLASS will NOT take place in October. We are experiencing delays. We hope to start again in November. 

THE HALLOWEEN DANCE is Saturday, October  28. We will be serving dinner. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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


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