The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.These valued members of our society are thusly are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.
With appropriate resources and supports, all people are capable of making decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.
The Arc encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities found in the 4.6 million intellectually disabled Americans. With nearly 700 state and local chapters, The Arc acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents, siblings, family members and other concerned members of the public have meaningful opportunities to inform and guide the direction of the organization’s advocacy, including determining policy and positions on important issues.
"The Arc's mission is one that focuses on the inclusion, engagement and protection for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In this illustration, I tried to convey a sense of participation, community and a feeling of connection that The Arc facilitates."
Aimee Sicuro is a children's book illustrator and surface designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Working in mixed media, her work invites us to see the world through personal experiences and relatable observations of daily life. She is currently illustrating her third children's book, due to hit shelves in fall 2018.
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