L’Arche USA is grateful for the many organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and their congregations. A few of those organizations active in the United States are listed below. Like many organizations who share our vision, we are committed to the full inclusion of persons with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities into society.
The Arc provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 850 state and local chapters across the nation. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Working primarily through middle schools, high schools and colleges, Best Buddies enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
Founded by Jean Vanier and Marie-Helene Mathieu, Faith and Light communities create bonds of friendship between persons with developmental disabilities, their families, and their friends who gather together on a regular basis to pray and celebrate life.
The mission of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) is to mobilize the religious community to speak out and take action on disability policy issues with Congress, the President and Administration, and society at large. IDAC is a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of religious and religiously affiliated organizations whose core spiritual values affirm the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. L’Arche USA is a member of IDAC.
The National Organization on Disability works to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children in all aspects of life. Among their initiatives is the Religion and Disability Program, an interfaith effort supporting national faith groups, denominations, local congregations and seminaries in creating inclusive faith communities.
The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center, a New Jersey-based University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, builds capacity in organizations, systems, and communities to provide services to federal and state agencies, community provider agencies, and others. A helpful resource guide for congregations, families and care providers on issues of inclusion, spirituality, and pastoral care (available for $15) is published by the Boggs Center: Dimensions on Faith and Congregational Ministries with Persons with Developmental Disabilities and their Families.