About The Arc

The Arc of Washington County was founded in 1952 by a group of local parents seeking services and more complete lives for their children with developmental disabilities. Initially formed as The Hagerstown Council for Retarded Children, these dynamic individuals paved the way for the services that have since been integrated into the Washington County educational system. They were also pioneers in providing residential housing where it was needed for individuals who could not be cared for in their own homes, as well as in the formation of day training and work programs for adults.

By 1975, the group had expanded their membership and changed their name to The Washington County Association of Retarded Citizens, receiving licensure from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration as well as affiliation with the Maryland and National Arcs. This originating group, many of whom still actively serve the organization today, was the catalyst for the wide variety of valuable programs and innovative services that now exist at The Arc of Washington County.

Today, more than 900 people with developmental disabilities receive support throughout the western region of Maryland. Our caring, dedicated staff of over 600 employees strives to support each individual we serve to live their lives with dignity and respect.