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What We Do

Our Services

The Arc of Frederick County provides individually designed support services and collaborates with the community to build inclusive programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Founded by parents in 1958 because community programs for children and adults with disabilities did not exist, The Arc continues to provide advocacy efforts and the creation of new services for families today. The Arc of Frederick County supports more than 600 people each year.

  • Information and Referral Services for anyone who contacts The Arc and needs connections to community resources
  • Residential Support for children and adults in their family's home, their own home, and to learn the skills to transition to their own home.
  • Employment Support for adults and transitioning students to locate careers based on their passions, talents, and personal interests
  • Job Training Programs for people to learn skills to locate jobs in the Baking, Catering, and Janitorial workforce
  • Day Program Services for people to choose meaningful ways to be included in their communities while maintaining and learning new skills.
  • Autism Waiver Support
  • Educational Advocacy
  • Futures and Estate Planning to help parents plan for their son/daughter's needs including where they will live when parents are no longer around to help.
  • Sibling Support including workshops and support groups for brothers and sisters of children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Support Groups for self-advocates and for families
  • Parent's Day Out respite for children and their siblings
  • Classes at FCC, Delaplaine Arts Center, Adult Basic Education, etc.

One Page Brochures

We have developed one-page brochures that describe our supports and activities. (PDF format)


Employment equals paid work where the person served is earning competitive wages, in an integrated setting, with opportunities for advancement, and with the same benefits as other employees.

Support Coordinators from The Arc of Frederick County have completed Virginia Commonwealth University’s Supported Employment Certificate Series and are trained and certified in the discovery process including: conducting effective home visits, person-centered planning, community-based experiences and job trials, and developing Discovery Profiles that lead to employment. The Arc provides Follow Along Employment Services, On-the-Job Coaching, Job Development, and Milestone Services through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Job Development, Placement and Retention, and Job Coaching through the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DORS). The Arc also provides a 13 week Culinary Training Program to support people to enter the restaurant, baking, catering, hospitality, and other related fields. DDA and DORS resources are blended when possible to maximize someone's access to services. 

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