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recognizing the contributions of our citizens with

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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

*Development, Membership and Events Coordinator

*Direct Support Professional

*Community Support Direct Care

* Residential Direct Care

* Adult Family Care



Executive Director Meet & Greet

October 8, 2015
4-6 PM
The Arc Common
294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Join us in welcoming The United Arc’s new Executive Director, Lynne Bielecki. Please stop in at the Arc Common anytime between 4 & 6 PM to say hello to Lynne! This informal meet & greet will give families, self-advocates, and community members an opportunity to meet Lynne and share their hopes and dreams for the future of our organization. Please join us! No RSVP required .
For questions, please call or email Kat Steele at (413) 774-5558 x1010 or


Providing Behavioral Supports To Individuals with Autism

November 12th, 2015
6-8 PM
The United Arc/GAAAFSN
361 Main Street, Athol, MA

We will discuss the strengths and challenges often associated with individuals on the autism spectrum. The workshop will look at:
 how to assess the intent behind "challenging behaviors",
 strategies that utilize individual strengths and learning styles to teach desired behaviors,
 how a person's quality of life impacts their well being and influences their behavior.
Friends, family members, and support persons are encouraged to attend.

For questions, or to register, please contact:
Rebeccah Hanna
email or call 413-774-5558 x 1023 or 978-249-4052

Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE to register online.


Music Therapy

With Michael Williams-Russell, MT-BC

October 10 - November 21, 2015
10-10:45 AM
The United Arc/GAAAFSN
294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

Music Therapy costs $5.00 per weekly session or $35 for the series.
Scholarships are available through The 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

Rachel Fogg
413-774-5558 X 1042

Click HERE for more information.








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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.