You play an important part in bringing to light the issues important to people with an intellectual or developmental disability. As the nation’s leading advocate for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), The Arc wants to work with you to help the public better understand I/DD. We are the leading expert resource for the media, business and government about people with I/DD, including their real abilities, their needs, and the barrier and obstacles they face in their quest to be fully included in society.

Some of the tools we provide to the media include:
·         FAQ’s
·         A Guide to People First Language
·         Public Policy
·         Position Statements on Critical Issues
·         The Arc Alliance Press Kit

You can use this site or contact representatives of The Arc Alliance to get more information about what it means to live with an intellectual or developmental disability, specific diagnoses, the challenges people with I/DD face, the roles played by their family members, caregivers, and community members, our advocacy and public policy work, and the services we provide. We can help you connect with experts in the field and give you necessary information about all aspects of I/DD.

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Publicity Guidelines

The Arc Alliance is pleased that your media outlet has taken an interest in our organization and our supports and services. In order to ensure the use of person-first language, help us maintain a consistent brand identity and expand awareness of The Arc Alliance’s supports and services, we ask that you adhere to these publicity guidelines.

  • Always use upper case (capitalize) of the first letter of each word –  The Arc Alliance
  • The correct names of The Arc Alliance’s family of organizations are:
    • The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services
    • The Arc Alliance Children’s Services
    • The Arc Alliance Guardianship Services
    • The Arc Alliance Foundation
  • When utilizing our logo, please speak with our communications specialist at The Arc Alliance Foundation before the logo is published

We invite you to explore our site, contact our media relations department 610-265-4700 ext 7205, become a member, and get involved with The Arc Alliance and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Why Should We Use Person-First Language?
  • People who have disabilities live in every community in America.
  • Many labels that are used for disabilities in our society have negative connotations or are misleading.
  • Using these labels contributes to negative stereotypes.
  • Most importantly, individuals with disabilities are PEOPLE FIRST and it is wrong to define people by a disability.