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Founded in 1949, Arc of Westchester is the oldest and largest agency in Westchester County serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities and their families.

Over seven hundred employees provide more than 1,600 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life. Through a process called person-centered planning, Arc of Westchester enables those it serves first to define their dreams, and then, with the help of family, friends and staff, to work towards realizing them.

Arc of Westchester was founded by a small group of parents seeking companionship for their children with developmental disabilities. Since no community-based services existed at that time for such children, and since public schools were not required to teach them, they had little opportunity to make friends. But that was then, now is much better. Over the years the agency has grown and families have remained its lodestar. Arc of Westchester's bylaws require that at least fifty percent of its directors be relatives of a person with developmental disabilities.

Arc of Westchester offers programs and services to people with developmental disabilities of all ages.

Services include:

  • Early intervention for infants, toddlers and their families
  • A preschool program
  • Educational advocacy for children from 5-21 years
  • Transition planning for students preparing to leave high school Vocational training and job placement
  • Daily living skills classes for adults Independent and group living in forty-two residences
  • Respite care for children and adults
  • Recreational activities including theatre workshop, college experiences and outdoor adventures
  • 24-hour crisis management
  • Individual and group psychological counseling
  • Self-advocacy training for adults
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) outreach to unserved or underserved members of minority groups
  • Social work that fills gaps left by other services
  • Guardianship for adults whose families are no longer able to care for them

Arc of Westchester is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and The Arc.


A program of the Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc.

Main Office
200 Hamilton Avenue, 2nd Floor
White Plains, New York 10601
(914) 682-3926 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
(914) 682-8518 (FAX)
Directions to WILC

Satellite Office
Putnam Independent Living Services

1961 Route 6,
2nd Floor Carmel, New York 10512
845-228-7457 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
845-228-7460 (Fax)
Directions to PILS

Yonkers Outreach Office
Pathways to Success
75 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10701
914-376-8600 (Voice)