The Arc of Rensselaer County

The Arc of Rensselaer County is an association of people with disabilities, parents, professionals and community members dedicated to building the capacity of the community to fully include persons with disabilities. Since our founding in 1950 by a group of parents, The Arc has developed a rich array of supports to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Program Philosophy

It is the intent of The Arc of Rensselaer County to move from a systems driven approach to a person centered approach to delivering supports and services to individuals with intellectual disabilities in the community. Operating from a person centered perspective, The Arc works with each individual to tailor a set of supports and/or services. The objective is to assist each individual realize full citizenship in their community of choice.

We seek to discover the needs, wants, and capabilities of each person and to respond with complimentary supports that facilitate community inclusion. We are frequently asking "What do you want?" in an effort to encourage individuals to assume a lead role in making decisions relating to all areas of their lives.

The 2014 Membership Campaign 


Join Now!

The Arc of Rensselaer County seeks individuals to become Members!  

Our Goal is 500 members by August 15th.             

We have just over 300 members to date

Time is closing in!


What is membership and why should I join?

Members Provides clout and gives The Arc of Rensselaer County a voice in advocacy efforts at the local, state and national level.

This means we will have representation at discussions about new mandates, policies and the future of Arc related services.

 Membership Provides funding that is used to generate additional dollars through grants and other funding sources.  


Your $10.00 (or more) says local and is NOT sent to a national agency with high overhead,

but reinvested in supporting people in Rensselaer County.

Membership  is core of The Arc of Rensselaer County Community. 


Be part of something bigger than yourself, be part of a community of caring.


And if that wasn’t enough good reasons to be part of

The Arc of Rensselaer Membership

How does a chance at $500.00 sound????


As an added incentive to join our Membership,  The Arc of Rensselaer County is  conducting a raffle for all 2014 Members who register before  August 15, 2014.  For every individual who registers, their name will be added to the drawings to be held on during August.  Prizes will be raffled off on August 5th (SPAC Dance tickets), August 10th (Albany Symphony Tickets), and finally the grand prize; a $500.00 prepaid Visa Card will be raffled on August 15th at the close of business (4:00 pm).  Please note members who have already registered for 2014 will be included in the raffle.     

Anyone Can Join!

 New Members Welcome, so sign up your families, friends and loved ones.  

Levels of Support













Self Advocate


For Questions regarding membership, please call or email

Angela Ruck, Coordinator of Development at 518-274-3110 ext.3028 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.