Get Started With ARCH!

Serving the Valley's Special Needs Community

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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We had fun in Media Club this week...we created storyboards and watched an old black and white British movie The Lavender Hill Mob with Alec Guiness...

What old classic movie should we watch next? Ideas welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

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Find out how you can help ARCH through our new ARCH Legacy Fund ~ ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy 50th birthday Richard! Cake time! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lucy caught her first fish today at the ARCH Gone Fishin' Club! ... See MoreSee Less

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