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Mission Statement

The Arc Umatilla County advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Together with our network of members, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.

Vision Statement

The Arc Umatilla County envisions a world in which all persons have the support and opportunities they need for personal development and independence, interdependence with family and friends, and inclusion in the community.


Since 1967, The Arc Umatilla County has made life better for individuals & families!

    • 1967 – Subsidized the instructor’s salary for the first class for “trainable mentally retarded children,” launching the integration of special-needs children into Umatilla County public schools
    • 1973 – Purchased the first two residential group homes in Umatilla County for adults with developmental disabilities
    • 1983 – Sponsored the first Infant Stimulation Courses through the ESD
    • 2002 – 2007 Assumed the responsibilities of the Umatilla – Morrow County Lifespan Respite Network
    • 2003 – Present Started the first Summer Recreation and Inclusion Program for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Umatilla County

For over 40 years, The Arc has assisted in education, vocational training, health care and recreation for thousands of Umatilla County individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.