Founded in 1952, The Arc of Washington County strives to empower all to achieve meaningful lives.

It is our vision, to see a day when …

  • the community openly welcomes each person and their unique value.
  • people are living integrated lives of their choosing, supported by a responsive, person-centered team of their choice where everyone is equally valued and encouraged.
  • staff find personal fulfillment as valued partners in collaboration with families and people supported to achieve positive desired outcomes, well-being, and sustainability.


Founded in 1952, The Arc of Washington County is a statewide leader providing comprehensive, quality supports for adults and children with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Western Maryland.

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide around-the-clock personalized care, helping individuals live more inclusive and independent lives. Through the personalized care provided by the DSPs, people supported set and achieve their own goals, expand their horizons, learn to self-advocate, and maximize their opportunities.

Each program is designed with a person-centered approach – a guided process for learning how someone wants to live at home, at work, or in the community and developing a plan to make that happen.

Learn more about the services available through The Arc-WC.


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The Arc of Washington County, Inc. (Arc-WC) is a charitable non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors elected from its membership.