Our resource center is a great place to find information you may need, whether it is information about a particular issue, or a tool kit to help you reach out to your legislators. These resources will constantly be growing, providing you with valuable information!

    Fact Sheets

    The following topics are brief overviews for family members, advocates, professionals, media, researchers, policy makers and others related to intellectual and developmental disabilities.  A wide variety of topics are covered, from the causes of intellectual disability to various types of syndromes to criminal justice and victimization issues.


    Over the years, The Arc has been a leader in the field of providing information vital to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and created publications addressing issues faced by families affected by intellectual disability.  These publications, including curricula, guidebooks and resource cover topics of interest to our membership and the disability community.  The Arc is revising key publications and creating new ones to be the most current and authoritative sources available.

    FINDS Survey

    In 2010, The Arc conducted a national online survey, called the FINDS Survey, to obtain perceptions of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families on a range of life-span issues. With more than 5,800 responses, the results provide families, providers, researchers, legislators, and other key stakeholders with an unprecedented depth of current information as reported by families connected to I/DD. Read more...

    Autism Information and Resources

    Funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the National Autism Resource and Information Center will become the central point of access to high-quality and evidence-based resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and other targeted key stakeholders, including underserved and unserved. As part of this goal, the Autism NOW Center will provide resources and information in core areas across the lifespan. Focus areas will include Early detection, Early intervention, and Early education; Transition from high school into early adulthood; Community based employment; Advocacy for families and self-advocates; Community Inclusion; Aging Issues; Policy; Implementation of Health Care Reform, including Long Term Care Services and Supports; Family and Sibling Support; and Networking in local, state, and national arenas.

    To find out more about the progress of the National Autism Resource and Information Center towards these goals, please go to

    Self-Advocacy Resources

    The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The Arc.

    Visitors to the site will discover multi-media lessons on a variety of topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives in their communities. The site includes a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connected people with I/DD both locally and nationally. One of many unique features of the site is the translation of research and other data-driven information into formats easily accessible to people with I/DD.

    Resources from The Arc

    Resources from The Arc is a intellectual and developmental disabilities resource blog.

    It is the official resource blog of The Arc. In this space, we’ll aim to accomplish three things:

    • To provide real-time information on resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other topics The Arc cares about.
    • To create a starting place for discussion (both online and offline) centered around the resources that the intellectual and developmental disability community want to use and talk about.
    • To give you all the resources you need to help yourself and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live full lives and participate in the community throughout their lifetimes.


    The Arc provides online toolkits to educate the public and enable advocacy on the grassroots level.  Focusing on issues that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the federal, state and local levels, these tool kits are a resource in advocating for issues of importance to our constituency.  They provide hands on information, including contacting your legislator and writing letters to the editor.


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