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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members of The Arc of Blair County.

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-Updates from the Arc

June 18, 2019

Come out for some fun starting on Tuesday, June 18, at the newly renovated bocce courts. Bocce is a lot like bowling. The time will be 6:30 p.m. except for the very first session on June 18 - that time will be 6:15 p.m. If you do not see the word "cancelled' in bold letters on this message board, then it means bocce is still on. We make the decision, based on weather, around 4:00 p.m. each week. 

Friend to Friend
The Arc is beginning a new program in conjunction with Penn State Altoona. We are starting a one-to-one friend activity where Penn State students match with an Arc member and do different things together - shopping, movies, bowling, etc. The 'friends' decide what they want to do and when. This is open to people over the age of 18. If interested, please contact The Arc of Blair County at 946-1011.

Game Night Anyone?
The Arc is searching for people between the ages of 18-26 who may be interested in video gaming night. If this sounds like something you might want to try, please contact The Arc at 946-1011,

Five-Thousand Dollar Goal Reached

          The Arc has had a very generous offer of a $5,000 donation to establish a trust fund if The Arc can secure the remaining $5,000. Well, it took some time, but we finally made it to our goal of 5k.  The Arc will be placing $10,000 into a trust through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation ensuring the future of The Arc. The Board of Directors has voted to establish a community foundation trust with the expectation the fund will continue to grow through the stock market. The interest from the trust could then be used to assist families and self advocates with needs and to ensure the longevity and existence of The Arc of Blair County. There will be a listing of contributors published shortly. Thank you to those who made this goal a reality. 

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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