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Developmental Disability Awareness Month

During March 2023, The Arc of San Diego is celebrating National Disability Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to promote awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to recognize people with disabilities for their accomplishments. The Arc of San Diego is celebrating the contributions made by people with disabilities while also highlighting the work that still needs to be done to achieve full inclusion of this community.


The Arc of San Diego advocates for the rights of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and supports legislation that will positively impact people with disabilities and their families.

  1. Learn the importance of advocating for individuals with disabilities.

    Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) lack the support and opportunities that are essential to utilize their civil and human rights. Solid advocacy and a strong support system is needed to aid the full inclusion of individuals with IDD and prevent discrimination, abuse, and neglect. To learn more, visit The Arc of the United States’ Advocacy Position Statement.

  2. Become an advocate.

    You can be an advocate for people with disabilities by contacting your State and Federal Representatives to encourage their support of important legislation. Call, Tweet, or Email your legislator. Find which State and Federal Representatives correspond with your local Arc Center here.


Volunteers are vital to The Arc’s ongoing success. Help The Arc carry out its mission of empowering individuals to achieve their life goals each year.

  1. Join our Board or Committees.

    The Arc of San Diego invites community and business leaders who share and support the vital interest of our organization to serve on our Board of Directors, Chapter Advisory Boards, and Committees. To learn more, click here.

  2. Classroom volunteering opportunities.

    The Arc provides classroom instruction with a curriculum focused on money management, communication, safety, life skills, and more. Available specialty classes include art classes, sign language, cooking, etc. Volunteer today and become a classroom assistant or an exercise guide. For more information on volunteering opportunities, visit our website at

  3. Hands-on projects.

    The Arc holds various events such as dances and renovation projects. Individuals throughout the community can volunteer for these one-time events by becoming a Hands-on Project Team Leader.

  4. Internships.

    The Arc has internships for Marketing & Development positions. Interns will gain valuable experience and learn new skills by assisting with the implementation of our marketing & development plan to raise funds and increase awareness about The Arc. Get involved by clicking here.


Any amount donated to The Arc provides our clients and individuals with disabilities with more opportunities. Every donation counts.

  1. Make a recurring gift.

    Your gift of $5 on the 5th will enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities all year long. By making this small, hassle-free contribution each month, you help us ensure quality programs are provided for people with disabilities in San Diego. Click here to pledge to make a difference today!

  2. Become a Member.

    Become a part of an organization that promotes acceptance and supports individuals with IDD. There is a variety of membership categories to choose from based on your contribution level. Learn more by visiting our website at

  3. Make a planned gift.

    Make a planned gift to The Arc and become part of The Arc of San Diego’s Legacy Society, regardless of the amount donated. For more information visit

  4. Attend a special event.

    The Arc of San Diego hosts special events where advocates, families, and community members come together to raise funds to support our organization. These events are fun, entertaining, and provide networking opportunities while raising much-needed funds. Come get inspired and help us build a better future for individuals with disabilities. Click here to receive electronic information about our upcoming events.

National Disability Awareness Month strengthens our commitment to provide opportunity and growth for people with disabilities and gives us a chance to reach out to others. Please, join us in celebrating people with disabilities and the many contributions they make in our community this month. Follow along with us this month as we highlight the achievements of our clients on social media and watch our video below. Together we can make a difference in our community!