PARC is one of 55 chapters of NYSARC, Inc. (formally New York State Association for Retarded Children, Inc.), and is at the forefront in providing advocacy and programming for children and adults with developmental disabilities within the geographic region of Putnam County along with Northern Westchester and Southern Dutchess counties. It is the largest agency in Putnam County providing services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. Fighting stereotypes and fears, PARC has been at the forefront of the changes that have taken place: the self-advocacy movement; services to children with autism and people with traumatic brain injury; the creation of transitional educational support services to high school students; community-based recreational programs; and the development and expansion of independent service coordination.
We work closely with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Office (DDSO), VESID, and the Department of Social Services, which all provide funding/reimbursement for services we provide. We also work closely with the Putnam County School Districts, coordinating student care. PARC has extensive relationships with Putnam County’s business community, Rotary clubs, service organizations, and other non-profits.
Program staff provides the support and the environment which each individual needs to utilize unique talents and achieve his or her goals. Individual pride shines through when people are given the power to demonstrate the ability to make choices and to exercise some control over his or her life, goals and future.