Newly Named The Arc
Throughout the 1990s, PARC continued to work diligently to create programs that met the changing needs of individuals with disabilities. Significant activities this decade included:
- To remain consistent with the state/national organizations and out of respect for self-advocates who asked for limiting the use of the term retarded, the organization changed its name from Peninsula Association for Retarded Citizens (PARC) to The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula, Inc. (The Arc).
- Center-based Employment continued to grow, as more individuals chose to work on-site and The Arc received more work contracts.
- The Arc’s EPIC program moved onto the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Campus in 1997.
- A primary challenge during this decade was obtaining housing for individuals with disabilities. The Arc was successful in securing HUD grants to purchase three houses in the community.