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Mission and Core Values

Mission and Core Values

MISSION The Arc of New Jersey promotes and protects the human rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes; and is committed to enhancing the quality of life of those individuals and their families through advocacy, empowerment, education and prevention. The Arc of New Jersey, on behalf of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will:

  • secure the opportunity for them to choose and realize their individual goals;
  • take a leadership position in developing public policy, laws and regulations and serve as public spokesperson and advocate for this constituency;
  • reduce the incidence and limit the consequence of intellectual and developmental disabilities through advocacy, education, research and prevention activities;
  • enhance their quality of life, thereby improving the quality of life for their families; and
  • develop and foster programs, services and supports, and work with Local Chapters and The Arc of the United States to carry out our goals.


People First The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value; are equal before the law; and must be treated with dignity and respect. The Arc represents, supports and acts on behalf of individuals and their families regardless of level of disability or membership in The Arc. The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people with the supports needed to make informed decisions and choices.

Democracy A democratic process involving members, through affiliated chapters, is utilized to take positions on important issues, policies and programs.

Visionary Leadership The Arc leads by promoting the mission core values and position statements. We lead with integrity, accountability, and by open, honest and timely communication. We work with individuals, organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion. There is a valued partnership with volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization that provides mutual support for their respective roles.

Community Participation The Arc works toward and believes in the community imperative: that all people have the fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to live, learn, work, play and worship in safe and healthy communities of their choosing. The Arc has responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of individuals.

Diversity The Arc values and insists upon diversity in its leadership and membership. The Arc actively pursues and welcomes diverse groups (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and level of disability).

Integrity and Excellence The Arc conducts its business with integrity. The Arc reflects quality and excellence in all its work.