Making Strides for Those with Special Needs
Photos by Dante Fontana
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As the local, regional, national and global population grows and lives longer, the demand to keep pace with an array of services that meet the needs of a diverse populous also increases with logistical challenges and financial needs galore.
In 2012, this is not a revelation nor is it news, exactly. What is a surprise, though, is the work that the non-profit Placer ARC has steadily performed on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1962 – at a time when they were grossly underserved and marginalized by wider society.
First formed in Placer County by parents of developmentally disabled children, the once improbable nonprofit is something of a small miracle given its longevity and the scope of its programs, the first of which saw operation in 1964. Now one of the nation’s oldest and most persevering non profits, Placer ARC is a pioneer still blazing trails. Locally, its frontier extends into all areas of well-being – from personal care and health to higher education and vocational guidance among other services.