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ARCH is a 5-acre recreation center in the heart of Phoenix, offering a full range of skills-based programs and activities, enabling adults and children with developmental disabilities to obtain higher levels of physical well-being, pride, independence, and self-esteem.

Our History

We opened our doors on September 23rd 1975 to 25 teens and adults in an old cafetorium at the abandoned Alhambra Elementary School on Grand Avenue.

A founding premise of ARCH was that individuals with disabilities should be given every opportunity to develop, both physically and mentally, to the full extent of his or her potential.

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March is Disability Awareness Month so we are raising awareness about some of the different disabilities we encounter in our programs at ARCH. Today is also World Down Syndrome Day! #wdsd17

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all, or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. This extra copy alters the baby’s in utero development. There are some common physical traits of Down syndrome, but there is no Down syndrome personality. (eg. the myth of the always happy person with Down syndrome.) Each person with Down syndrome is as unique as the proverbial snowflake! #disabilityawarenessmonth ... See MoreSee Less

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March is Disability Awareness Month so we are raising awareness about some of the different disabilities we encounter in our programs at ARCH:

Did you know that Autism, or more accurately, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a "spectrum disorder" because it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees? It is defined by the presence of difficulties in three areas: social deficits, difficulty relating to and communicating with others, and repetitive or restricted behaviors, with an onset in at least one area by age three. It may or may not be associated with language delays or intellectual disability.
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Happy St Patricks Day to everyone! Time for a jig! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today is ‘Thankyou Thursday!’ when we celebrate the generous donation of $5,000 awarded to our ARCHKids program by @azcentral @SeasonForSharing #TYTHURS
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