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History

A legacy of making a difference

Our History

It all began 65 years ago with a $3 ad that was placed in The New York Post by, Ann Greenberg, desperate to find some playmates for her child with a developmental disability.

On April 17, 1949 a small group of equally frustrated mothers and fathers gathered at the Mount Vernon Public Library to discuss ways of helping their children. It was in this little gathering that the Westchester Association for the Help of Retarded Children (Westchester AHRC) was born.

A few months later the new Westchester group purchased the house at 975 Split Rock Road in Pelham and fought and won, through court action, the right to have a school there.

In 1951 they opened the first parents’ cooperative day school for retarded children in New York State. And so, the modest beginnings of Arc of Westchester, which is now the largest such agency in the county serving over 1600 children, teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities everyday.

Click here for Arc of Westchester Milestones

50th Anniversary Highlights

In 1999 we celebrated our first fifty years of serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

What better way to tell an organization’s history than to capture the memories of people who shaped its progress.

Click here to read observations of a small handful of individuals who contributed to, participated in or simply observed the steps taken by Arc of Westchester to evolve into Westchester County’s largest organization serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities.