A Life Like Yours

for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We Did It!

Historic legislation passed in 2024, thanks to Senator David Suetterlein, Governor Glenn Younkin, and YOU!

Join us for our third annual Arc in the Park! We will provide food, drinks, and games. All are welcome, bring your friends! We will also hold our Gift Card Raffle fundraiser, a great chance to win gift cards at awesome local businesses. Come out for free food, fun, and friends at the new Huckleberry Park shelter beside the Inclusive Playground and Splash Pad, June 8, 2024, 3-6 PM.

This has been a historic year for developmental disability rights in Virginia. After decades of fighting, Priority One has become a reality! Our Self-Advocates, our statewide volunteers and family members, state legislators like our very own Senator David Suetterlein, and the support of Governor Glenn Youngkin, helped make this an historic year for The Arc of Virginia’s legislative priorities. More than 3,000 DD waiver slots were funded, and more!!

New River Valley Self-Advocates Alliance introduced to the House of Delegates January 19, 2023

November 2023

Read our 2023 Fall Newsletter. Stories include: A feature on our very own George Rogers, the ALLY Self-Advocacy Alliance’s visit to the Virginia General Assembly, our second annual Arc in the Park and this year’s Renee Brown Award, the Candidate Forum, and our newest board member, Jessica Swanson. If you didn’t receive a newsletter and would like to next year, please email arcnrv@gmail.com.

Who We Are

The Arc of New River Valley is an all-volunteer non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc of New River Valley is a local chapter of The Arc of Virginia and The Arc of the United States, the nation’s leading advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of New River Valley chapter serves the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and the City of Radford, Virginia.

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What We Do


We work with local and state legislators to support the Arc of Virginia’s agendas. We keep our members and friends informed about disability issues before the Virginia General Assembly.


We believe in inclusion for people with disabilities in community life. The Arc fosters social connections and relationships throughout the year through parties, gatherings, and community events. Join us!


We work to inform and educate the community about DD issues. In 2020, we went virtual and hosted a number of free educational Zoom webinars, with plans for more.

Our Mission

We advocate for the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, inform and educate the community about issues affecting people with disabilities and their families, advocate for full participation in community life, and facilitate opportunities for social connections and relationships.

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The Arc of New River Valley

“We envision people with disabilities leading full, rich lives as active, contributing members of their communities.”

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