The Arc of Union County
The mission of The Arc of Union County in Springfield is to empower and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc’s chapter was founded in 1949 by local parents of children with disabilities and is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Today, the organization serves more than 1,000 children and adults with disabilities each month. The Arc’s Early Intervention program is open to any child who has a developmental delay or disability, or who is at risk for developing a delay or disability, from birth to age 3. The program is funded by the NJ Division of Family Health Services and offers social work, speech, physical and/or occupational therapy, behavior services or developmental intervention services. Family Support Services for children at The Arc of Union County include: an After School Program for children school age up to age 21; a recreational Saturday Respite Program twice per month; Community Enrichment via overnights on the weekend; and In-Home Respite. In addition, The Arc offers Camp Star each August for children ages 3 to 21. This is an inclusive day camp at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, adjacent to The Arc’s Family Center, which features an accessible, air conditioned indoor space for extreme weather. Day trips, swimming, Arts & Crafts, music and sports activities are included as part of this program.