The Arc of Cape Cod

The Arc of Cape Cod

Realizing Potential. Achieving Goals.

Established in 1954, by a small group of dedicated parents with special needs children, the Arc of Cape Cod has been providing supportive services to people with developmental disabilities and their families for the past 55 years. The Arc began as an all-volunteer organization that was instrumental in the establishment of several other community organizations like the Cape and Islands United Way. The Arc gradually developed a small staff to administer programs funded through private contributions and later by a combination of contributions, grants and state contracts.

Mission: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

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Big news and new beginnings on the horizon for The Arc of Cape Cod. Click on the link below to read more By the end of September The Arc of Cape Cod will be moving its offices from 171 Main Street in Hyannis to 261 White’s Path in So. Yarmouth where we will be collaborating with Community Connections. Our services, programs and staff will remain the same, but the new location will provide exciting ne...

The Arc of Cape Cod : News & Events : Event Calendar

Sandpipers Club is back! Click on the link below to sign up for the Halloween Dance on Saturday Oct 26th! Don't miss the Halloween Dance Party! This event will include a buffet lunch, music, and plenty of dancing. Be sure to wear your best Halloween costume. There will be prizes for everyone!

In Loving Memory Fannie G. Spongberg, 97

💜🙏 Fannie G. Spongberg, 97 passed away on April 26, 2019 after a brief illness. A Memorial Service will be held at The Dennis Union Church, Route 6A in Dennis on Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 p.m.

Steeple Street Music Academy

We are officially joining forces with the The Sarah Hale Folger Project to bring you...

The Art Gallery at Steeple Street Music Academy


The Art Universe, an art education program developed by Sarah Hale Folger that works directly with special needs children - or anyone in need of the healing quality of hands-on art.

What are ABLE Accounts? | ABLE National Resource Center Living with a disability is often associated with significant amounts of extra costs. That’s why individuals and families can now contribute to ABLE accounts—tax-advantaged savings that can fund disability expenses. Learn More

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Celebration of Life for Faith DeRusha

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Faith. Please join us to celebrate her life April 29th. Faith Gloria DeRusha passed away on March 16, 2019 age 84. Born in Worcester MA to William and Genevieve (Baker) DeRusha. Faith was institutionalized in The Walter E. Fernald School in Waltham in 1940 for 16 years and then sent to the Taunton State Hospital for another 23 years.

Mattel Adds Two Barbies With Disabilities to Its New Line of Dolls The dolls will be available later this year.


ABC News

This mom invented a wheelchair coat so her daughter can easily get bundled up to play at recess:

The Arc of Massachusetts

"George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at age 94, was probably best remembered, legislatively, for his 1990 budget deal. But for many in the disability community, he is remembered for another bill passed that year: the Americans With Disabilities Act.

A monumental piece of legislation that prohibited discrimination against those with physical and intellectual disabilities, the act that Bush signed was seen as the equivalent of the Civil Rights Act for individuals with disabilities."

The Arc of Massachusetts

"Presiding for two decades over the Belchertown case and its offshoots, Judge Tauro issued rulings that forced the state to spend millions more to care for the developmentally disabled and to create lifetime individual treatment plans for patients."

An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word" Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.

'Nicky's Law' would list those accused of abusing people with disabilities A local mother says her son -- who has autism -- was abused by a caregiver at his day program.

The Arc of Cape Cod : Meet Josh : Meet Josh

Please donate today to help a local family in need. Joshua is a 23 year old man that lives at home with his mother and two siblings. Joshua and both of his siblings have developmental delays, but Joshua also has many additional medical issues some of which being his visual and auditory impairments (he is both blind and deaf). Joshua is home with his....

The Arc of Cape Cod : Who We Are : Careers

We are in need of Direct Care Support Staff that are able to work Nights/weekends. Apply today if you are looking for part time work on nights/weekends We are a nonprofit organization that has helped people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families for more than 60 years. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and...

[06/07/18]   Our apologizes for those trying to call us and are unable to get through, Comcast has been having an issue over the past two days and we are unable to call out or receive phone calls periodically throughout the day. Please email [email protected] if you are unable to reach us via the phone. Thank you and our apologizes for the inconvenience. Our program members are encouraged to call our emergency numbers if they are having trouble reaching us as those phone lines are operational.

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SNAP helps 11 million people with disabilities put food on the table. Share to say #HandsOffSNAP!

How This Teen with Autism Overcame Food Aversions and Started His Own Cooking Show Like many with autism, Chase was a very picky eater. But that changed when...

Lack Of Quality Caregivers, Constant Turnover Tough On Families Families of those with developmental disabilities are struggling to find trustworthy caregivers and, even when they do, it's often only a matter of time before the search begins again.

What You Need to Know About 'Smiling Depression' “I just had no idea he was suffering."

Able Magazine

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation announces its third annual Design for Disability (D4D) Fashion Show and Gala – an event showcasing breakthrough innovations in fashion for people with disabilities: #Ablemag #CerebralPalsyFoundation #D4D

From a wheelchair, Lowell man's a force for accessibility LOWELL -- In April 2013, Dino Theodore was admitted to the Saints campus of Lowell General Hospital with a fractured hip and femur.

Caregivers Lobby For Better Pay Direct support workers are typically only paid minimum wage, but a coalition of service providers is arguing that caregiving is not an entry-level job and compensation should be more fitting.

DW Stories

It's hard to find a good job if you have Down syndrome or a disability. But parents in Hamburg found the perfect solution.


Check out Amin guess who has a disability on #Lineup!

DLC Finds Residential School Effectively Remedied Abuse & Neglect Concerns DLC Finds Residential School in Swansea Effectively Remedied Abuse and Neglect Concerns BOSTON, April 11,

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Cape Abilities

World Autism Awareness Month is underway and Cape Abilities Farm on Route 6A in Dennis is Lighting It Up Blue all month long! Our pre-season sale features an incredible variety of beautiful pansies, our best crop ever! And you KNOW we have blue ones! The Farm is officially open seven days a week from 930am-5pm - stop by today! #LIUB #community

What it's like to have a Brother with Autism.

Hey guys, here with a short video I made about what it is like for me to have an older brother with autism, I hope you enjoy it and see how blessed I am to h...

Can the Social Security Ticket to Work Program Help You? The Ticket to Work program offers free job training and placement services to anyone receiving SSI or SSDI benefits aged 18-64. See if you may qualify here.

Autism Awareness

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Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Have you ever told someone you had a disability and immediately their perception of you changed?

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via The Arc of Greater Plymouth

Dear Coach K,

I've never met you, though you've walked past me many times on a stretch of beach called Pine Knoll Shores. I didn't want to bother you, but wish I had known about your gift to Steve Mitchell. His departure from this earth has offered the story of a life well-lived. Steve was the man who sat behind you in Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium for the last 37 years and I know you miss him this season.

He did a lot in his sixty plus years. He was born with Down syndrome and his family shrugged off the doctors and took him right home. He was integrated in an era that made his parents ground breakers; school or church, Steve was there. I am a special needs mama too and with parenthood comes advocacy, their forging a path has benefited so many. You called Steve "a good friend who had some challenges." What a gift of inclusive language.

The story goes that in 1980 the only thing Steve Mitchell wanted for Christmas was a Duke basketball ticket, not an easy score, but Steve's brother had a construction company and was hired to renovate the new coach’s, Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, house. He asked you how one might find a ticket to buy and explained his brother’s Christmas wish.

“He can sit behind me,” you said. Did you know how life changing that gift would be?

The following season, Steve wrote you a letter saying, “Coach, I know we’re going to have another great year. I was hoping that I could sit near you again.” You said yes to a family that may have heard no far more often. He wrote you a letter every year for 37 years and this is the first season that a ticket, reserved for one Steve Mitchell, isn’t waiting at will call. Steve would collect his ticket and make his way to his seat behind you (usually with the help of his favorite usher, Fran), a tradition that was life changing for his self-confidence, according to his family. You shook his hand before every game.

Thank you, Coach K.

Mamas of special needs kids know that kindness extends far beyond team affiliation and we know that our team is the best of all. Welcome to the club. And to Steve? Godspeed, my friend and thank you.

Adrian (Amos's mom)

Of the hundreds of stories for 2017, this was my favorite to write. ❤️

Mental Health on The Mighty

“It was easier to explain that something physical was going on as opposed to something that was invisible.”

He has autism. He’s willing and able to work. Can he find the right fit? Tom Whalen is great at getting jobs. But he has trouble keeping them.

Life, Interrupted

Chelsea Libitzki can't dance anymore — but that's not stopping her from teaching others how to.

ABLE Account: Keep SSI Benefits While Your Money Grows ABLE account savings let disabled individuals earn interest without risking their SSI payments. See how this program works and whether you may qualify here.


The #ImagineWalk for The Autism Project is just a few weeks away. Danielle North Wpri has more details on how you can get involved.

Cerebral Palsy Foundation

"I have CP and I want people to be aware that cerebral palsy can be an opportunity. It can lead to the necessity for creative adaptions and connect you to a whole community of people that you may have otherwise never been connected to. The disabled community is full of brilliant artists, activists, and histories. My CP has given me a heightened awareness of my body. It has taught me to advocate for myself and other disabled people when denied rights and access to things many abled bodied people would take for granted. It has given me the drive to succeed in my career to prove negative stigmas of my capabilities wrong. My cerebral palsy has focused me to be the best version of myself to be a positive advocating voice for others in the CP community.

I want to people to be aware that I love my body, CP and all. The parts of moving through the world with a disability are the attitudes of others. I have been living in this body since birth, so I am a pro at at. It might look differently when I do things, but I got this--I know what's up." - Jessy Yates

What has cerebral palsy taught you? Share with us at #cpawarenessmonth #cpAware

Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws Most states allow judges to strip voting rights from people with disabilities even though there is no set standard for measuring the mental capacity needed to vote.

Cerebral Palsy Foundation

"With my disability, I have a lot of deformities. And I don't want to hide it. I wanted to show them off. You know, look at my curves. If you don't like them, turn the other way." - Model Jessica De La Rosa

Designers from Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute created collections that are both functional and fashionable for people with disabilities. Check them out:

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261 White's Path; Unit 1
South Yarmouth, MA

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
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782 Route 28
South Yarmouth, 02664

Transitions Centers, Inc. is a non-profit organization located on Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, MA.

Community Connections Inc. Community Connections Inc.
261 Whites Path, Ste 1
South Yarmouth, 02664

Community Connections provides services to more than 800 program participants with disabilities. Services include day habilitation, life skills, employment services, elder services, individual supports, and transportation services.