About The Arc of Essex County

The Arc of Essex County is a 501c3, non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) such as Down syndrome and Autism participate in every level of society and enjoy fuller, more independent lives. When families join The Arc of Essex County, they become a part of a unique team focused on setting goals, tackling challenges, and celebrating accomplishments along the way. The Arc is more than your service provider and system navigator. In partnership with The Arc of The United States and The Arc of New Jersey, our advocacy ensures your voice and interests are heard on the state and national levels.

Whether we are helping a child learn to take their first steps, easing the transition from school to adult life, or providing tender care for your loved one in their golden years, our team will help make your family’s dreams a reality.


The Arc of Essex County provides comprehensive services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families ensuring a lifetime of achievement with dignity and full partnership in the community.
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Adult Services

The Arc of Essex County offers a variety of services for adults ages 21 and over which include: Residential Programs, Day Programs and Respite Programs. All services are provided in a supportive, caring and safe environment that promotes an active and social lifestyle for adults.

Children's Services

The Arc of Essex County provides programs for children ages birth through 21 and their families. A wide variety of high quality service options are available including: early intervention, a preschool and primary grade school, summer day camp, respite and community resource assistance.

Professional Services

The Arc of Essex County is equipped to provide select specialized services for parents and professionals. Staff with advanced training are available to assist with service navigation, information and referral and targeted training on an array of topics such as Medicaid, housing, and transition.