The Power of Parents
Our Local Chapters History
The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport was formed in 1962 by a small group of concerned individuals and parents determined to improve services for their sons & daughters with developmental disabilities.
In 1998, after 37 years of providing only advocacy services, The Arc was approached by a small group of families concerned their only option upon completion of their educational programs was to place their sons and daughters in sheltered workshops. They enlisted us to help them develop an innovative flexible approach tailored to the unique needs of their children. Thanks to their dream, The Arc has experienced over 20 years of dynamic growth and development, and now support over 350 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Timeline: The Arc of GHN Through the Years
Northern Essex County Association for Retarded Children (NECARC) established
First special needs preschool, summer program, day program, recreation, dances, and Candlelight Ball in the Merrimack Valley.
The Arc’s in Massachusetts create Chapter 766 Special Education Program
This decade marks the beginning of special needs students entering the public schools.
First residential program in the Merrimack Valley, Haverhill Newburyport Human Services.
The Arc spins off both the day and residential program to remain a pure advocacy agency.
The Arcs in Massachusetts help to create Chapter 688, The Turning 22 Law, and the ADA Law (Americans with Disabilities Act)
Launched the first Merrimack Valley Legislative Reception.
Name Change to The Arc of Northern Essex County
The Arc begins the first Self Directed Pilot Program with a small group of parents to create flexible day supports, making it’s first contract with the Department of Developmental Services.
Name change to The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport and adopted National Arc logo and branding
The Arc creates 25 Family Partnerships through the Boulet Settlement, Individual Support Services, Shared Living, AFC Program, and promotes the voice of people with disabilities and self-advocacy groups in the Merrimack Valley. Key advocate for the creation of the Agency with Choice Program (AWC).
The Arc is awarded The Family Support Center in the Merrimack Valley with a special focus on the Greater Newburyport and Seacoast Community.
First All Aboard The Arc statewide public awareness and fundraising event.
Expansion of our AFC program and satellite office in Newburyport opens.