Getting Our Name Right
Please us our name as a title or a phrase: The Arc of Anchorage or The Arc
Our name is “The Arc of Anchorage.” It is not an acronym. Over the years, we’ve changed names several times to reflect our changing mission and growing awareness of the best way to serve people who experience disabilities and mental illness.
History of our Name
1957 ~ Parents Association of Retarded Children of Anchorage (PARCA)
1962 ~ Association of Retarded Children of Anchorage (ARCA)
1964 ~ Association of Retarded Citizens of Anchorage (ARCA)
1997 ~ The Arc of Anchorage
Many people still remember us as “ARCA” or “Association for Retarded Citizens of Anchorage. We made the change to “The Arc of Anchorage” in response to requests from the people we serve for “people first” language. The use of the “r word” was acceptable historically, but since then the r word has been dropped and The Arc no longer has any acronyms in it and is now used as a title or a phrase.