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Values
People First

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.

Equity

The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.

Community

The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.

Self-determination

The Arc believes in self-determination and self-advocacy. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.

Diversity

The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability)

History

The Arc of Wichita County was founded in the 1950s by parents and friends of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Arc was initially run by volunteers and has since moved forward to having over 14 people on staff throughout the year with even more seasonal workers. Our chapter has grown significantly over the years, and now is the host of People First Self-Advocates, the largest self-advocacy group in the state of Texas. Today, we represent over 200 adults and children in Wichita County and have dreams and visions to grow even more in the next 60 years!

Staff
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Addison Roberts
Executive Director
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Jacy Shaw
Office Manager
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Suzi Wenzel
Day Hab Director
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Crysti Ruth
Director of Programs
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Anthony Watkins
Community Integration Specialist
Board of Directors

Kelby Tucker, Board Chair
Michael Harbuck, Vice Chair
Keli McCord, Treasurer
Amber Flores, Secretary
Stephanie Reed
Sarah Pitts
Geoffrey Lerew
Lisa Philpot
Brooke Boren
Janice Sons