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The Arc of Meriden-Wallingford, Inc was organized and founded in 1952 by parents of children with disabilities. The Society was named The Meriden Association for Retarded Children and began providing support groups for parents, advocacy and day care services to children with disabilities. It was at this time that the Agency joined the Arc movement.

In 1965, it became the Meriden Wallingford Society for Retarded Children (New Horizons) and expanded to add a school and an adult program. The Agency president, Ernie Kuhn, worked with the members and 4 other Arcs to develop KUHN . This new agency was developed for adults that choose to work.

In 1976, the Agency changed its name to Meriden Wallingford Society for the Handicapped, Inc. to remove the word ďretardedĒ from its title. The Agency expanded itís adult services to include a print shop, wood shop, cleaning service and a lawn crew.

In the 1980ís, the Agency and 4 other Arcís worked together to form Residential Management Services (RMS). The Agency and RMS worked to develop over 20 residential options for people with disabilities.

In the 1990ís, 3 businesses were started to provide alternate revenues for services and additional jobs for the individuals served.

In the early 2000's, we once again changed our name. To show consistency with the Arcís throughout the nation, we have become the Arc of Meriden-Wallingford, Inc.

In 2007, the Agency moved into it's new home on Research Parkway. This new home consists of a 24,000 sq. ft. building that houses our administration and our employment programs.

In 2008, the Agency opened The Arc Eatery where Meriden residents and businesses can get "Good food to Go" for breakfast, lunch and catering.

Today, the Agency offers a choice of community-based services to hundreds of people with disabilities. It accepts referrals from the Department of Developmental Services (formally known as the Department of Mental Retardation), Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, local Boards of Education, as well as self-pay referrals.

The Agency has provided quality services to individuals with disabilities for over 55 years and will continue to be guided by the individualís needs, desires and dreams.

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