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Triangle Disability & Autism Services, an Affiliated Chapter of The Arc, its staff, and board of directors value individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities [IDD] and autism and their families by:

  • Empowerment, self-determination, and diversity
  • Reinforcement through social, cultural, and linguistic competence
  • Innovation and social change through advocacy
  • Integration through quality programs/services and natural supports
  • Respect and equality through person-centered beliefs and a strong community
  • Support of families through safety, security, and respite

For 60 years, The Arc has been the voice for children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and autism throughout the United States. The 1950s were a time when most children with disabilities were ignored by society, and often institutionalized. Parents of these very special kids got organized, formed The Arc in our area, and began advocating to keep their children at home, send them to public school, and to educate the community about what it means to have a disability. Arc families also took the lead on developing advocacy and awareness while supporting their own loved ones.  Thus was born the largest grassroots movement to promote the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Triangle Disability & Autism Services, an Affiliated Chapter of The Arc, offers a variety of programs and services to fit the needs of children and adults with disabilities in the Triangle area. This includes Durham, Orange, and Wake counties as well as some other areas. Our method for service delivery is one based on building person-centered plans and nurturing inclusive environments while providing the specialized services children and adults with IDD and autism need to be successful in their communities.

Triangle Disability & Autism Services team includes caring, passionate, dedicated employees providing services throughout the Triangle.  Our team goes to work every day knowing that they make a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Triangle Disability & Autism Services partners throughout the community with groups like Wake County Special Education Advisory Council, Extraordinary Ventures, Meals On Wheels, SPCA, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University as well as, The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. Employing a simple philosophy that we reach more individuals and support more families through shared resources and combined efforts.

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