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The Arc of Opportunity

Opportunity in North Central Massachusetts

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About The Arc of Opportunity

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years. In 1952, a small group of parents came together to act as voices for change. Little was known about the condition of intellectual disabilities (at the time referred to as ‘mental retardation’). It was common for doctors to tell parents that the best place for their child was in an institution. Emboldened by their collective desire to raise their children in the home and their stubborn refusal to accept that institutionalization was the only option, The Arc’s founders fought even harder. Like every parent of any child, they wanted more for their children. They wanted their children to lead fulfilling lives out in the community and not shuttered away in dark institutions. It was in that spirit that The Arc was born.

The Arc of Opportunity has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities. We provide a full spectrum of supports focusing on the unique abilities of each person and helping each person find their place in the community through job placement and training, advocacy, education, housing and recreation.


  • Our Mission  To create and support lifetime opportunities in the community for individuals with disabilities and their families to reach their fullest...
  • The Alliance for Resource Management, parent company of Matson Community Services and Arc Community Services announced our new and unified name in February...
  • Learn more about the members of the Arc of Opportunity's dedicated Board of Directors.
  • Learn more about the staff of The Arc of Opportunity.
  • Funding Sources The Arc of Opportunity is funded in part by: The Department of Developmental Services Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission The United Way of...
  • Each annual report contains details regarding the year's financial statements, donor lists, and other major news about our organization.
  • Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!
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  • Changing lives… one at a time. We create lifetime opportunities for persons with disabilities to reach their fullest potential by providing advocacy, education...