2569 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103

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The Arc of Dauphin County is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization founded in 1953 by a group of parents wanting a better life for their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The organization began at a time when children with I/DD ​were typically sent to live in state facilities, away from their families. The parents that founded The Arc of Dauphin County wanted to keep their children at home where they were loved and could be part of family life.  These parents became strong advocates for their children's education and inclusion in society.



Making A Difference

The Arc of Dauphin County is in the business of changing and shaping the lives of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our consumers are empowered by creating opportunities for them in their communities.


Our Advocacy Program provides direct advocacy support to individuals at any age struggling with systemic hurdles.  Our Advocates help consumers navigate through service systems such as education, developmental programs, federal funding streams, medical assistance, legal assistance, housing, transportation, social security, trusts, wills, and community supports and resources.

Pre-Employment Transition Services are designed and tailored to meeting the transition service needs of students with disabilities, ages 14-21.  This innovative approach to obtaining pre-employment transition services is made possible through partnership with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.  The Arc of Dauphin County collaborates with school districts, community partners, and local businesses who support an inclusive workplace by providing opportunities for students with disabilities.

The Arc of Dauphin County offer services and activities that provide consumers with opportunities for socialization and community integration, while promoting individual choice.  We participate in, and organize events that help to create awareness and bring the community and consumers closer together.

Our Computer Skills Training is not your usual computer training program.  Here, we focus on the fundamental basics needed to navigate and use computers.  Acquiring these fundamental skills provides consumers with a base for:

  • Employability

  • Prep for higher education

  • Independence

  • More ongoing training

Our Representative Payee program provides peace of mind in knowing that financial responsibilities are being addressed and handled timely and expertly.

Our Respite Service provides caregivers a short-term break to relieve stress, restore energy, and promote life balance.  It also provides those with I/DD a much needed retreat or vacation from daily routines, allowing for socialization with peers, and including activities in the community.


"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"

Vincent van Gogh



You Can Make a Difference

Your support is important to our work at The Arc of Dauphin County. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. Learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good.


Help Us Soar

This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. Being on our Board gives you a voice and helps us with ours.  Get in touch with any questions about how you can Partner with Us today.


Show Your Support

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Volunteer Your Time and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.


Help Make a Real Change

Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making The Arc of Dauphin County an even better Non-Profit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.



Get in touch with The Arc of Dauphin County to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

2569 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103