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On November 11, 2013: Tracy Elementary held an assembly to discuss the meaning of inclusion. They shared the book “OUR FRIEND MIKAYLA”, which was written and illustrated by Mikayla’s former third grade class and is about having a friend with a disability. Mikayla and her mom were present for the dedication of Tracy’s “BUDDY BENCH” so that no child is ever left out.



The Arc would like to thank The Erie Bayhawks and Drew Crawford for coming to Lincoln Elementary for the Mikayla’s Voice Assembly.


Click here to read more about Erie Bayhawk’s Drew Crawford reading “Our Friend Mikayla”  at  Lincoln Elementary’s Mikayla’s Voice Assembly.

If you’d like to learn more about Mikayla, and why inclusion works please go to:



We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

Strong National Presence

With more than 140,000 members and more than 700 state and local chapters nationwide, we are on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community.

Deeply Rooted History

The Arc was born 60 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working vigilantly to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, educational opportunities and work programs.

Founded in 1950, The Arc was comprised of a small group of concerned and passionate parents and community members who would be catalyst for changing the public perception of children with disabilities.  For the past 60 years, The Arc has continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face.

Governed by a volunteer board of directors and managed by key staff of The Arc, we work passionately to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with an intellectual or developmental disability in the United States has access to the information, advocacy and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community.

Become a part of our mission and get involved today!

Upcoming Meetings

Board Meeting

Thursday December 4, 2014  at 6:00pm


Fundraiser Meeting

Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 6:00pm