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


Click this link for an easy way to tell your legislators what you think about many current issues....

Latest News from the Arc

August 15, 2017


The Board of Directors of The Arc of Blair County is surveying those who are involved with the organization to assess your knowledge of the services and programs the Arc offers and whether you believe we are meeting our mission. The survey was designed by a committee of the Arc Board of Directors and approved by the Board. 

The survey has 13 questions and can be completed in a few minutes. If you wish to have your name entered to win one of four (4)  $25.00 Sheetz gift card, type your name and phone number in the text box at the end of the survey. 

If you experience any difficulty completing the survey or have questions regarding the survey, please call The Arc at 946-1011 or email typing ARC Survey in the subject line. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Arc of Blair County, please accept our appreciation for taking the time to complete this survey.

Donna Messner, President of the Board of Directors

Maria Brandt, Executive Director of The Arc of Blair County

Please click on the link below to complete and submit your survey responses by Friday, August 18, 2017.


Join us at 5:00 p.m., on Friday, August 18, at the Brush Mountain's Sportsmen's Club for a summer picnic. Dinner and desserts will be served after we play some games. Call 946-1011 to sign up.

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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