The Arc of Rensselaer County

The Arc of Rensselaer County is an association of people with disabilities, parents, professionals and community members dedicated to building the capacity of the community to fully include persons with disabilities. Since our founding in 1950 by a group of parents, The Arc has developed a rich array of supports to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Program Philosophy

It is the intent of The Arc of Rensselaer County to move from a systems driven approach to a person centered approach to delivering supports and services to individuals with intellectual disabilities in the community. Operating from a person centered perspective, The Arc works with each individual to tailor a set of supports and/or services. The objective is to assist each individual realize full citizenship in their community of choice.

We seek to discover the needs, wants, and capabilities of each person and to respond with complimentary supports that facilitate community inclusion. We are frequently asking "What do you want?" in an effort to encourage individuals to assume a lead role in making decisions relating to all areas of their lives.

The 2014 Membership Campaign Has Now Begun!!


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Why is your membership so important?

Although membership in The Arc of Rensselaer County Chapter may only cost a few dollars, it plays an important role in The Arc's effort to advocate for and support hundreds of children and adults who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

  • Members provide clout! A large membership means that a louder and stronger voice is heard by state legislators and national policy makers.
  • Membership helps provide more individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families access to programs and services through fundraising and advocacy efforts.
  • Membership provides access to needed volunteers. As more volunteers are attracted to The Arc's work and mission, The Arc's leadership base for the future can develop and grow.
  • Membership means a better informed public. Awareness is an outgrowth of membership. It is the first step to creating society-wide acceptance of children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
  • Membership dollars help the Arc fulfull the many commitments to those they support. Membership dues help generate funds to get the job done locally as well as on state and national levels.
  • Membership is the basic foundation on which The Arc of Rensselaer County Chapter, our State Organization (NYSARC, Inc.) and the National Association (The Arc) were founded.
  • Membership can fulfill many of our needs such as volunteers for programs and committees, manpower and energy for fundraising, public awareness, special events and other important Chapter activities.

Why Should I Join?

  • Have a positive impact on the quality of life of people who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Networking and support
  • Become involved with other families and professionals in the field
  • Support innovative programs and services
  • Access to up-to-date information on topics of interest and current trends in the filed of developmental disabilities.
  • Attend training sessions and conferences at discounted rates at local, state, and national levels.
  • Know that you are making a difference in someone's life because membership matters!

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For Questions regarding membership, please call or email

Angela Ruck, Coordinator of Development at 518-274-3110 ext.3028 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.