ARCs (Associations for Retarded Citizens) — tend not to be highly innovative or oriented toward empowerment. The reasons for this are simple enough: Services for retarded folks are typically highly regulated and tightly controlled by laws and funding criteria; and grassroots organizations tend to be dominated by parents of the client group, who understandably place a higher value on protecting their offspring than letting them fly.

ARC Unlimited is committed to the development of people with disabilities to higher levels of living through work-oriented services and employment in an environment which contributes to their growth and happiness,†the organization’s mission statement reads. “ … Our ultimate hope is that we will one day live in a society that will no longer label one section as the handicapped, but will accept all persons as individuals within their own capabilities, allowing them to contribute to society as much as they are capable of contributing.â€