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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 Join us for an updated and interactive training. Think you have heard it already? Don't fool yourself. There is always more to learn to prepare for a personal emergency or natural disaster.  The Persons with Disabilities Committee is planning a very interactive session on Nov. 8. Click here for                                                                                                                                more information.   

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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October  18, 2018

Click on the Support The Arc page to the left to see the beautiful live wreath sale taking place. Arc members assemble the wreaths and the live wreaths are stunning!

Do not put yourself in a spot that could have been avoided. Learn what to do, who to call, how to help yourself in an emergency at  your home, on the road, or in a natural disaster.  A free training is being conducted on Thursday, November 8 at The Arc of Blair County. See the training page on the left to register.  This is part of the Emergency Planning Committee for people with disabilities.  First Responders cannot take care of everything. You have to take some ownership in being ready.

Five-Thousand Dollar Goal

          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 over the next 6 months. The goal is to obtain $10,000 to place 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. The matching gifts can be as little as a $10 donation as long as The Arc raises $5,000 within the next 6 months.  All donations should be sent to The Arc earmarked "Trust Fund".


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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