Breaking Down Barriers: How Arc Broward Fosters Inclusivity

In a world where differences often divide us, organizations like Arc Broward want to serve as beacons of hope, tirelessly working to break down barriers and promote inclusivity. Founded in 1956, we have been a steadfast advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives and become integral members of society.

The Arc Broward Mission — Rooted in Inclusivity

At the heart of Arc Broward’s mission is the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their abilities. Roughly 1% of the world’s population has autism (ASD). That percentage grows to include disabilities like down syndrome and other life-changing disabilities. In the US, recent Census data shows that approximately 42.5 million Americans have disabilities, making up 13% of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. This group includes people with hearing, vision, cognitive, walking, self-care or independent living difficulties.

Through a wide range of programs and services, we provide individuals with disabilities the support they need to reach their full potential. From early intervention programs for children to vocational training and job placement services for adults, Arc Broward offers a comprehensive approach to empowerment.

Spreading Inclusion Through Awareness

One of the key ways Arc Broward fosters inclusivity is through education and awareness. By educating the community about disabilities and promoting acceptance and understanding, we help to break down stereotypes and prejudices. Through events like Miss Arc Broward andIn spHired Arc Broward strives to create a more inclusive society where individuals of all abilities are valued and respected.

Empowering Others with Valuable Skill Sets

Another crucial aspect of Arc Broward’s work is providing individuals with disabilities the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in the workforce. Through our employment partnerships, certificate programs  such as culinary arts, material handling, and animal care and summer programs, participants receive training and gain valuable skills and experience that enable them to secure meaningful employment. 

We also leverage Arc Works to help businesses understand why inclusion helps benefit their organization. By connecting individuals with disabilities to job opportunities and supporting them in their careers, Arc Broward helps to break down barriers to employment and promote economic independence.

Arc Broward’s Advocacy for Equal Access

In addition to these programs and services, Arc Broward also advocates for policy changes and systemic improvements to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to opportunities and resources. Whether it’s advocating for accessible transportation or promoting inclusive hiring practices, Arc Broward is dedicated to creating a more equitable society for all.

Rooting Arc Broward’s Activities in Inclusion

But perhaps the most powerful aspect of Arc Broward’s work is the sense of community and belonging it fosters. Through our programs and services, individuals with disabilities are able to connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges, forming bonds of friendship and support that endure.

In a world that often emphasizes differences, Arc Broward reminds us of our shared humanity and the importance of inclusivity. Thanks to tireless community support and a compassionate staff, we’ve been able to break down barriers for over 60 years. You can become part of that story. Click here to learn more about how you can make an IMPACT at Arc Broward.