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The Arc Erie County has been awarded the esteemed four-year Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation by The Council on Quality & Leadership. This award affirms our commitment to providing person-centered supports that lead to increased quality of life.

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At The Arc Erie County New York, we offer individualized and comprehensive Person-centered services and compassionate support to people with developmental disabilities and their families.


As a leading agency in Western New York for over 65 years, we take pride in our mission and advocacy that builds and strengthens the entire community.


We are deeply dedicated to the people we support and their families who rely on our expertise to assist them in the discovery and delivery of life-long educational, employment, vocational, residential and support programs and resources. They turn to us to assist them in exploring all the available service options within our communities, so they can find meaningful opportunities, employment, a safe place to call home and the ability to achieve their greatest potential.


Our far-reaching knowledge and capabilities allow us to customize programs to individuals’ wants, needs and interests, thus encouraging independence and a desire to reach personal goals.


We understand you may be overwhelmed trying to get the information you need.  If you are seeking programs and supports or looking for opportunities for your loved one, please allow us to help you by contacting us at 1-833-Arc-Erie.

“My best friend, and life coach, Gary, has helped me to get my music career off the ground. With his help, I made a viral video as a tribute to my idol, Stevie Wonder. I got to meet Stevie Wonder personally when he played his concert here in Buffalo. This wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t advocate for myself and what I wanted. There is nowhere to go but up from here. I have my foot on the gas and I have no intention of taking it off.” – Jason Smith, Hamburg

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Self Advocates Choose Group Names

Both the Tonawanda and Hamburg sites have decided on names for their Self Advocacy groups. The Tonawanda site has chosen “We Are the People.” The Hamburg site is now named “Freedom Fighters Self Advocacy.” Learn More

Self Advocates Graduate from Intensive Training Course

On June 23rd, thirteen Self Advocates graduated from an eight section training course offered by the Self Advocacy Association of New York State, called SANYS U. Learn More