The Arc Carroll County was founded in 1955 by a small group of parents of children with developmental disabilities. At that time, these children were excluded from public education and there were no structured social, recreational or educational activities.
This group of parents was committed to forming a community-based system to provide necessary services for their children. That first year special education programs were established in the basement of the Davis Library on Main Street in Westminster and in the Mount Airy American Legion.
Since that time, The Arc has advocated for and worked to provide support to people with developmental disabilities and their families. Today The Arc is one of Carroll County’s largest non-profit organizations serving nearly 700 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.