The Arc Mesa County Inc., Board of Directors and Staff work collaboratively with local agencies; non-profit, for profit and government programs/agencies to provide the most accurate and up to date information possible for our clients. We value the support and knowledge within our community that benefit individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities be educated, live, work and play as inclusively as any other person.  

The Arc Mesa County Inc, collaborates with; (including but not limited to) Grand Junction Regional Center, Disability Resource Alliance, Mesa County Adult Protection, Mesa Developmental Services, Autism Task Force, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Speaking for Ourselves, Mesa County People First, Community Impact Council, Mesa County Valley School District In-Step Program, STRIVE, Mosaic, ABLE, Ariel, Path-CO, Center for Independence, Disability Law Colorado.

Who We Are

In 1956, several parents who wanted their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to remain home, in their communities with the same rights to be educated, employed, live and recreate as any other person without disabilities. These amazing people banded together to create the organization we now call The Arc Mesa County, Inc. At the same time, across the country, families were similarly banding together to create their own Arc’s. Today there are over 730 Arc chapters in the United States and 14 in Colorado.  All Arc chapters are their own non-profit agencies, each represent the area and needs of their communities through advocacy directed by their Board of Directors.

Through collaborative effort, influencing public policy and increasing public awareness, The Arc Mesa County advocates for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families, wherever they may be, to ensure their opportunity to pursue personal goals, be educated and live, work and recreate with other community members.

Our Mission

Who We Work With

  • The Arc Mesa County Inc. provides advocacy services to 5 counties; Mesa, Routt, Rio Blanco, Moffat and Summit Counties. 
  • Since 2015, child and adult cases have increased from 20-25 per year, to well over 100 per year. 
  • All Advocates are Certified by the Colorado Department of Education to Facilitate IEP meetings.
  • The Arc Mesa County, Inc. has successfully assisted families with their due process rights under IDEA with State Complaints through the Colorado Department of Education. 
  • The Arc Mesa County, Inc. has successfully assisted clients with their appeals for appropriate supports and services within the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Medicaid Waiver.