Achieving full community life for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities — one person at a time.
The Arc of Howard County is a grassroots organization established in 1961 by parents of those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) with a mission for their children to live a life outside of the then-institutional model. Our mission continues today as we provide a wide range of community-based services for almost 250 people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families annually in the Howard County community.
committed to person-centered supports
Services for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities designed to respond to each person’s needs and desires, as well as to reflect and appreciate each person’s unique personality.
the oldest and largest nonprofit organization in Howard County
Full community life means allowing people to express their choices and have confidence that others will honor those choices, ensuring that those we support are able to choose how and with whom they spend their time and are able to work at a challenging and rewarding job.
every contribution holds significant value
By supporting The Arc of Howard County, your contributions enhance our efforts to advocate for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and their families. You can donate, become a member, or employ someone served by The Arc.
Each year, we celebrate The Arc staff in conjunction with Maryland Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. This year the celebration is September 11th –
The Amanda and Jill Dean Direct Support Award was created to recognize an exceptional employee in the Direct Support professional field at The Arc of