Proudly supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families since 1954.
To empower persons with developmental disabilities and their families to have quality lives through information, support, and opportunity.
ARCO envisions a place for each of our citizens where the community provides for all, including those with disabilities. Seeking to empower persons with developmental disabilities and their families to have quality lives through information, support, and opportunity, ARCO proclaims the tenets that all persons are of equal value, all persons have the same basic needs, and all persons learn in uniquely different ways.
Having begun in 1954 by courageous parents who refused institutional placement for their children, ARCO has remained directed by the current needs of those that request services. ARCO’s vision of community inclusion and responsiveness, which began as a singular focus on individuals with developmental disabilities, has enlarged to encompass persons of all abilities and interests, where those with disabilities are contributing and valued, where there is belonging for all.
Our Executive Director
Roma has worked to bring community-based, individual and family focused services to those with developmental disabilities. Under her leadership, these continue to evolve as more is understood and achieved, including self-directed supports with employment, housing, transportation, and direct support.
Roma advocates for inclusion and capacity building as she works with ARCO’s board and agency directors to accomplish participant and family growth as well as broad community acceptance. She works with advocacy groups and business trade organizations and serves on governmental workgroups. She has a master’s degree in special education and 42 years as executive director of ARCO.