including and
recognizing the contributions of our citizens with

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The United Arc
294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Tel (413) 774-5558
Fax (413) 863-5219

Family Support Office
Tel (413) 774-2105

Welcome to The United Arc

The United Arc provides an array of flexible services for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. During fiscal year 2014, The United Arc provided services to more than 900 individuals and families from 47 communities in Franklin and Hampshire counties and in surrounding communities. We are pleased to be serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 63 years!

   ~ Ed Porter,Executive Director

Employment Opportunities & Events

New Employment Opportunities

*Development, Membership and Events Coordinator

*Direct Support Professional

*Community Support Direct Care

* Residential Direct Care

* Adult Family Care



Executive Director Meet & Greet

October 8, 2015
4-6 PM
The Arc Common
294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Join us in welcoming The United Arc’s new Executive Director, Lynne Bielecki. Please stop in at the Arc Common anytime between 4 & 6 PM to say hello to Lynne! This informal meet & greet will give families, self-advocates, and community members an opportunity to meet Lynne and share their hopes and dreams for the future of our organization. Please join us! No RSVP required .
For questions, please call or email Kat Steele at (413) 774-5558 x1010 or




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Vision Statement

The United Arc affirms that all people are valued and interdependent and that each person deserves opportunities and support to pursue individual goals and achieve maximum potential.  We envision a society that respects, includes and promotes the contributions of all community members.

Mission Statement

The United Arc is committed to ensuring that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have full access to systems and opportunities that uphold human rights, enhance growth and wellbeing, offer choice and promote full inclusion in society.  This mission is carried out by providing services, conducting advocacy, identifying resources and creating community partnerships. 

Read the article in Time Magazine about The United Arc - Vol. 178, No. 10, September 2011

Read the article from the Arc of Massachusetts newsletter regarding our 60th Anniversary Celebration!



    The new, revised, legal definition of an individual with an intellectual disability consistent with the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


View our 60th Birthday historical review HERE.

A short collage of some events and people through the years.


Explanation of our new logo colors.