Arc Inc in Boise, ID: The Arc was founded in 1956 by a small group of parents and other concerned individuals. At that time, little was known about mental retardation or its causes, and there were virtually no programs and activities in communities to assist in the development, education and care of children and adults with mental retardation and to help support families. The Arcís vision is that every individual and family served has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community. We work to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary, decent American life: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are valued, respected and included in all communities. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities direct their own lives. People choose their services and supports from many available sources. People are empowered through nonprofit advocacy. State and federal governments administer programs and set budgets that meet everyoneís needs. Independance to people with disabilities is our ultimate hope.