The Arc San Francisco is a lifelong learning and achievement center for over 700 individuals with developmental disabilities in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Program participants can choose a single path or Program (Adult Life & Skills, Employment Development, Careers & Advancement), or a combination that works best for his or her lifepath and goals. Revisit coursework, learn new skills or reinforce others at any stage of adulthood. Our Services support a community life that is independent, healthy and engaged through our Residential, Health & Wellness and Seniors Services. Plus Friends Like Me is the place to be for afterhours recreation and socialization with peers and friends.



In the early 50s, a small group of parents and other concerned individuals came together to act as voices for change. At the time, little was known about developmental disabilities or the potential of individuals with different abilities to learn and achieve their best. There were virtually no programs in communities to assist in the development and personal growth of individuals with developmental disabilities--or to support families. Like every parent of a child, the founding parents of The Arc wanted more. They wanted their sons and daughters to lead fulfilling lives in the community with opportunities for education, socialization, jobs and independence--just like everyone else.  It was in that spirit that The Arc San Francisco, now supporting adults with developmental disabilities across three counties, was born.