Staff and individuals from The Arc, Oneida-Lewis will be heading to Albany on September 17th to participate in a day of events celebrating NYSARC, Inc’s 60th Anniversary. Over 100 individuals from The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter will participate in the 60th Anniversary Celebration Run/Walk which will end at on the NYS Capitol steps. Events following the run/walk will include a presentation of Chapter flags and a formal ceremony on the Capitol steps including guest speakers and addresses by legislators and dignitaries. Musical entertainment by the band Flame and a picnic celebration in Albany’s Riverfront Park will wrap up the day’s events.
In 1949, NYSARC, Inc. was formed by parents who were determined to change forever, society's traditional disregard for the needs of their children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The establishment of the Association marked a turning point for all citizens with mental retardation and their families in the United States. As a parent-based organization dedicated to political action on behalf of their children, the Association became a unique and effective organizational model that has been duplicated across the nation. In the years to follow, the Association grew rapidly as a service provider and as the leading advocacy organization in the State. Its founders and leaders were responsible for landmark legislation that secured an unprecedented legal claim on behalf of persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to the dignity that is the birthright of every other citizen. Today the Association continues its leading role as an outspoken advocate and a multi-faceted, caring service provider.
Events are being held across NY State over several months to raise public and legislative awareness of NYSARC’s mission and work, culminating in the run/walk, ceremony and other celebrations at the state’s Capitol on September 17th.
The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter NYSARC is a non-profit human service agency which provides advocacy and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Oneida and Lewis counties.