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The Arc of Davidson County goes the extra mile to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their families. We work with other organizations in Davidson County, NC and throughout the state to offer compassionate services and support.

The Arc of the United States – Our National Organization

The Arc of North Carolina – Our State Chapter

The Arc of North Carolina links to all 27 chapters in the state.

United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Ted Budd
Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3306
Phone: 202-225-4531

United States Senate

The Honorable Thom Tillis
9300 Harris Corners Parkway, Suite 170
Charlotte, NC  28269
Phone: 704-334-2448

185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-6342
Fax: 202-228-2563

The Honorable Richard Burr
2000 W First St., Suite 508
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Phone: 336-631-5125
Toll-Free: 1-800-685-8916

217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3154
Fax: 202-228-2981

National Government Officials

President of the United States, the Honorable Joseph R. Biden
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-1111

White House.gov
Email: president@whitehouse.gov

People First

What is an Intellectual Disability?

An intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills.

What is a Developmental Disability?

A developmental disability is chronic and attributable to a mental or physical impairment or both. The criteria for determining developmental disability are: manifestation before age of 22, unless resulting from head injury that occurs at any age likely to continue indefinitely, substantial limitation in three or more of the following areas - life activity, self care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, and/or economic self-sufficiency, need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary care, treatment, or other services which are lifelong or of extended duration.

It's the Person First, Then the Disability

What do you focus on: the wheelchair, the physical problems, or the person?

Let’s suppose you see an individual in a wheelchair who is unable to use the stairs and enter a building. Would you say, “There is a handicapped person who cannot find a ramp” or “There is a person with a disability who is unable to access the building?"

What do you think is the proper way to speak to or introduce a person who has a disability?

Think about how you would introduce someone who does not have a disability. You would say her name, where she resides, what she does, and what she is interested in. You would share if she likes swimming, eating Mexican food, or watching movies. Why introduce an individual with a disability in a different manner?

Each person has mental and physical characteristics. Only a handful of people want to be identified solely by their skill in playing a sport or by their appetite for a certain dish.

In writing and speaking, keep in mind that children and adults with disabilities are just like everybody else. They only happen to have a disability. Here are some tips for improving the language you use when referring to people with disabilities:

  • Mention the person first before the disability
  • Draw attention to their abilities, not limitations
  • Use “people with disabilities” instead of “the disabled.” Make sure you do not label them as part of a disability group
  • Do not overpraise, give excessive attention, or patronize people with disabilities
  • Independence is important. As much as possible, let them speak for themselves and make their own choices
  • Keep in mind that a disability is a functional limitation that interferes with an individual’s ability to hear, walk, talk, learn, etc.

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth to 2 years) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3 to 21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

To learn more about this law, please visit this website: Building the Legacy of IDEA 2004.

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