When children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families need help in Northwest Connecticut, they turn to The Arc of Litchfield County, Inc. (LARC). The agency gives parents and children a place to go for assistance with vital needs and the support they need to live more fulfilling and rewarding lives in the community.
Often LARC is the only place individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families can turn to for much-needed services, which include:
• Employment programs that allow adults with disabilities to become working members of the community.
• Day support programs for adults with medical needs or for those that choose not to work.
• Community homes and in-home support to enable individuals to live as independently as possible.
• A School to Community Transition program to give teenagers the social, vocational and academic skills needed to be successful adults.
• Recreation and Special Olympics activities to promote a healthy lifestyle, build friendships, and increase independence.
• Transportation to bring individuals from their residences to day programs, job sites, and recreational activities.
• Camp MOE offers a memorable summer camp experience for children with and without disabilities that promotes inclusion, respect and dignity. Camp MOE is a diverse community that empowers kids to explore and thrive.
Since its founding in 1964, LARC has made a significant impact. Today, under the leadership of Michael Menard, LARC supports over 200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a daily basis. An additional 465 adults and children participate in LARC’s recreation, Special Olympic and Camp MOE programs. The agency is guided by the principle of “Community for All”.