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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

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New Employment Opportunities

*Executive Director

*Human Resources Manager

*Clinical Director

*Parent Educators

*Community Support Direct Care

* Residential Direct Care

* Residential Program Coordinator



Music Therapy

Music Therapy costs $5.00 per weekly session.

May 2, 9, 16 & 30, 2015
10:00 am-10:45 am
The United Arc/GAAAFSN
361 Main Street, Athol, MA

Join us for a fun and supportive music therapy group led by
certified music therapist Michael Williams-Russell (Rusty).
Music therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of individuals. In this group, participants will come together to sing, play instruments, and dance while addressing these needs. Through musical involvement in this therapeutic context, participants’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other parts of their lives.

To Register, contact your Family Support Specialist OR

Call Rachel Fogg (413) 774-5558 x 1042 OR
EMAIL Rachel Fogg

View our flyer HERE

Pre-fegistration is required.



Annual Meeting

Thursday, May21st, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Magic Wings
Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens

281 Greenfield Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373


To register, click HERE

or email Siiri

To nominate someone for our Annual Meeting Awards click HERE



FY16 Budget Ask



The Greater Athol Area Advocates for Families with Special Needs (GAAAFSN) in affiliation with The United Arc announces the establishment of its new scholarship fund.   There will be up to four  educational awards given in amounts up to $800 per award to cover tuition, books or other student fees.  Eligible applicants may apply in their senior or final year of public, collaborative or technical high school or during their freshman and sophomore years of college or post-secondary school.  Priority will be given to students from communities in the North Quabbin area. 
Potential grant recipients would include:

  1. Individuals with disabilities pursing educational opportunities beyond high school,
  2. Siblings of individuals with disabilities,
  3. Individuals who have a parent or parents with disabilities,
  4. Individuals planning a career that would support people with disabilities, such as careers in education, human services, health care or technology and research with a disability focus

Applicants are asked to complete a short application form to be submitted along with one reference and current transcript to the GAAAFSN Scholarship Committee postmarked no later than April 6, 2015.

For application materials contact GAAAFSN/The United Arc at 361 Main Street, Athol, MA 01361 or call 978-249-4052 or 413-774-5558 x 1023 or email: Rebeccah Hanna.   Award recipients will be announced @ the GAAAFSN  Annual Meeting on 5/15/2015. 

The Greater Athol Area Advocates for Families with Special Needs is a family-directed advocacy group affiliated with The United Arc.  The United Arc is a partner agency of The United Way of Franklin County and provides support services and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in Western Massachusetts. 

More information on this scholarship HERE



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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.