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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 2014, 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 63 years!

   ~ Ed Porter,Executive Director

Employment Opportunities & Events

New Employment Opportunities

* Family Support Adiminstrative Associate

* Community Support Direct Care

* Residential Direct Care


Legislative Training


Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Arc Common
294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA


Learn to advocate for yourself, family, and friends!
A practical, hands-on approach to lobby activity with elected officials. 

Areas of Discussion:
· The basic steps of lobbying and advocacy

· How does legislation begin?

· Identifying steps to help move legislation forward

· Steps to build coalitions and develop consensus

· How to build a relationship with your elected officials

· How to measure your effectiveness and success

· Identifying and understanding obstacles to overcome

RSVP to Siiri Paton

(413) 774-5558 x1058 or EMAIL Siiri

Click HERE to view our flyer


Family Ice Skating

Franklin Region: Collins/Moylan Arena
41 Barr Ave, Greenfield MA

Sunday, January 18th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$5 admission, $5 skate rentals

*Two ice sleds are available for use by people with disabilites!

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North Quabbin Region: Veterans Arena
45 Veterans Dr, Gardner MA

Sunday, February 1st 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$5 admission, $5 skate rentals

*No adaptive equiptment available


Limited transportation may be available for teens and young adults.
To RSVP: Contact Ness Bellini (413) 774-5558 x 1004

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Music Therapy

With Michael Williams-Russell, MT-BC
Join us for a fun and supportive music therapy group led by certified music therapist Michael Williams-Russell (Rusty). Music therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of individuals. In this group, participants will come together to sing, play instruments, and dance while addressing these needs. Through musical involvement in this therapeutic context, particpants' abilities are strengthened and tranferred to other parts of their lives.

Saturday, January 10th - February 28, 2015
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
$5.00 per weekly session.


Scolarships are available through The United Arc.
For more information about how Music Therapy can change your child's life or to register your child for this program, contact your Family Support Specialist - or
Jennifer Lemoine
(978) 249-4052


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Futures Planning

Reach for your Dreams!

Two presentations by Laurel Peltier & The United Arc
Are you a student or parent who is wondering how to move toward your dreams?

If so, join us for a presentation about Futures Planning.

This presentation will share a structured process for gathering information and creating action steps to reach your future goals.

Wednesday, January 28th 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The United Arc
294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Wednesday, February 11th 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The United Arc/GAAAFSN
361 Main St, Athol, MA 01376.

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For questions, or to register, please contact:

Melissa Davis
Email Melissa HERE

(413) 774-5558 x 1042

or Jen Lemoine at (978) 249-4052
Register Now Online HERE




View our new membership campaign:

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Download our membership form HERE


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.