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The United Arc
294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Tel (413) 774-5558
Fax (413) 863-5219

Family Support Office
Tel (413) 774-2105

Welcome to The United Arc

The United Arc provides an array of flexible services for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. During fiscal year 2013, The United Arc provided services to more than 900 individuals and families from 47 communities in Franklin and Hampshire counties and in surrounding communities. We are pleased to be serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 62 years!

   ~ Ed Porter,Executive Director

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Agency Events


Special Needs Trusts:

Protecting the Financial Future of People with Disabilities

With United Arc Board Director, Seunghee Cha

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bethlehem Baptist Church, 216 Allen Street, in Hampden, MA.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Monson Savings Bank is holding a complimentary workshop entitled, Special Needs Trusts: Protecting the Financial Future of People with Disabilities, featuring expert speaker, Seunghee Cha, of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP.  The Special Needs Trust is one of the most effective ways to protect people with special needs when their parents and guardians can no longer care and provide for them. This workshop will provide a wealth of critical information for parents and guardians of people with special needs.  The event will be held on Wednesday, September 10, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.   It is open to the public (you do not need to be a customer of Monson Savings Bank to attend). 

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  People may call or e-mail Anna Driscoll at 413-267-1221 or Email Anna to RSVP.

View Seunghee Cha's Buckley & Richardson Newsletter for more information on her work.




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Vision Statement

The United Arc affirms that all people are valued and interdependent and that each person deserves opportunities and support to pursue individual goals and achieve maximum potential.  We envision a society that respects, includes and promotes the contributions of all community members.

Mission Statement

The United Arc is committed to ensuring that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have full access to systems and opportunities that uphold human rights, enhance growth and wellbeing, offer choice and promote full inclusion in society.  This mission is carried out by providing services, conducting advocacy, identifying resources and creating community partnerships. 

Read the article in Time Magazine about The United Arc - Vol. 178, No. 10, September 2011

Read the article from the Arc of Massachusetts newsletter regarding our 60th Anniversary Celebration!



    The new, revised, legal definition of an individual with an intellectual disability consistent with the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


View our 60th Birthday historical review HERE.

A short collage of some events and people through the years.


Explanation of our new logo colors.