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History

The Journey to Independence

MidState Arc has been supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 65 years. We've been influential in the national Arc movement, collaborating with other Arc chapters to innovate and shape how we support people with IDD.

The early years

In 1952, a group of Connecticut parents founded an organization focused on
supporting children with IDD. The small organization held parent support groups, advocated on behalf of children with IDD, and offered day care services. Early on, we joined the growing national Arc organization.

Our agency expanded rapidly over the next 10 years. By the mid 1960s, the nonprofit was running a school for children with IDD as well as adult programs. We were one of several Arc chapters to come together to develop an agency for adults with IDD who choose to work.

Modern era

In 2002, we moved into our current home on Research Parkway in Meriden. Since then, we've been rapidly growing and evolving. We've gone from 80 to over 200 employees, and now support hundreds of people with IDD.

We are currently undergoing our biggest change yet. Along with Arc organizations across the nation, we are shifting our focus from caretaking to supportingĀ  people with IDD. We are retooling all of our services to focus on
supporting people with IDD in living more independent, connected and meaningful lives. We continue to collaborate with other organizations to develop new types of services, including a revolutionary residential program. Individuals we support who formerly required 24/7, live-in support are now living on their own, in private apartments equipped with assistive technology.