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As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, The Arc of Grays Harbor is composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, professionals and concerned members of the community. The Arc’s mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with our network of members and chapters, we support and empower individuals and families; connect and inform individuals and families; improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.

Community Engagement

The Arc of Grays Harbor provides Community Guide and Community Engagement services for clients receiving DDA services. These services allow people with disabilities the ability to access their community with the supports they need. Participants engage in a variety of community-based opportunities to grow their social network and knowledge.

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Parent to Parent

The Parent to Parent Support Program provides emotional support and information to families of children with a disability or special healthcare needs

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Information and Referrals

Are you looking for disability resources or services in the community? We can help! Contact us or check out our Community Resource Directory

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Need help applying for SSI or DDA?

Contact us to set up an appointment. We can assist you in filling out the applications for Social Security and Developmental Disability Administration services. 

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 The above title is a piece of political advice by the late Molly Ivins. It is an old Texas Saying which means "stick with the principles, people and tactics that have succeeded in allowing you to arrive where you wanted to go".

In the '60's and '70's parents of disabled people realized that we as a society could do more - do better - for our fellow citizens. Their efforts brought us the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

One can admire their efforts while still recognizing that their cultural expectations were optimistic. "Land a man on the moon? Sure! Why not!"

That optimistic view of american society enabled us to do a great many things; the civil rights movement, the steady improvement in middle class standard of living, reducing crime, decreasing poverty increasing education.

At some point cynicism became cool. The improvements made weren't just taken for granted, but actively denied. Few people realize that today violent crime is 80% less common than it was in 1980.

That taking for granted (at best) or outright denial (at worst) has a seriously harmful result. If we refuse to recognize that things have improved, it gives a rationale to attack the programs, processes, and laws that created the improvement.

I think most of us would be surprised to know that prior to 1975, kids with disabilities in most states didn't have a right to go to their community school, and in fact the school district didn't have any responsibility for their education at all. It was okay to simply pretend they didn't exist, and that they didn't have any ownership of the society in which they lived.

Chronic funding cuts for the disabilty systems run the risk of recreating the marginalization which previously existed.

"Dance with the one that brung ya." The optimism of the 60's is what brought us the successes that we today take for granted. So my solution is, don't dance with the cynical and negative. "We don't have the money" is a cop-out. The GDP in this country is roughly $50,000 per person. There's plenty of money, we just spend it wrong. As a society and as a government we can always seem to find the money to deal with a crisis, but we often can't find money to prevent them.