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Welcome to Dutchess ARC

Dutchess ARC is a non-profit agency that has been serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Dutchess County since 1971. Our chapter affiliation with NYSARC, Inc. provides us with a sizable and unified voice to advocate for and with individuals and their families. Our services are diverse and located in every corner of Dutchess County.

Our Mission

Dutchess ARC's mission is to challenge and empower people with developmental disabilities, their families and staff to achieve personal fulfillment through lifelong learning.

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Inspired by our self-advocates, families, volunteers and staff, Songs for NYSARC helps increase public awareness about people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (“I/DD”).

Songs for NYSARC is a joint effort of NYSARC and Musicians for a Cause. It includes some of the best songs ever written about people with developmental disabilities and was created through a collaboration between talented artists and parents. You can hear the songs and buy downloads to support our Chapter through the link below.

These inspiring songs help create awareness, so please share them with your friends. We also have a goal to make one of the songs, "I Am", the first Gold Record inspired by people with developmental disabilities! If everyone who's been touched by the NYSARC community buys just a few downloads we can make it happen.

We invite you to listen and hope these songs leave you with more awareness and compassion for people with developmental disabilities.

Share the songs and join us in using music to change our world, and help us make a Gold Record too!

By buying downloads or donating, you'll enable us to continue providing services and advocacy to and with people with I/DD and their families.

Join us in using music to change the world for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities!

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