NYSARC, Inc. - Warren, Washington & Albany Counties Chapter

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County Locations

Warren & Washington
436 Quaker Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
Telephone: (518) 793-4204
Fax: (518) 793-4345
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Albany
334 Krumkill Road
Slingerlands, NY 12159
Telephone: (518) 459-0750
Fax: (518) 459-0725
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The History of
Warren and Washington County’s Location…


In 1952, a group of concerned parents and others met to discuss the need for a local group to provide services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. This became, in 1953, the Upper Hudson Chapter of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children; encompassing Saratoga, Warren, Washington and the upper third of Rensselaer Counties. Saturday morning classes were held at the Katrina Trask House at Skidmore College. In 1954, the Chapter hired its first teachers and held classes in the Moreau Town Hall and Margaret Murphy School.

In 1962, the chapter was divided in two – the Saratoga Chapter and the Warren/Washington Chapter. Since the opening of the first “hostel” in 1974, WWAARC has diversified its supports to include supervised residences, supported living apartments, family support services, a respite center, family care homes, Medicaid Service Coordination, Guardianship Services and Day Habilitation.

In April of 1987, Warren-Washington ARC officially changed its name from the Association for Retarded Children to the Association for Retarded Citizens in order to more accurately reflect the individuals served: children and adults. In 1990, in response to concerns of the Self-Advocacy Group, the agency again changed its name to Advocacy, Respite and Community Living Services. Then, in 1994, to reflect conformity with the State Association, the agency became WWARC.

Since the opening of the Respite Center in Glens Falls in March 1988, which was later relocated to the Town of Queensbury and renamed the Sydney Van Dusen Respite Center in 1990, a comprehensive array of services were developed in response to the varying needs of families whose developmentally disabled family member resided at home. Services were expanded to include after school and school vacation respite, overnight respite, home care, case management, summer camp and recreational programs. An additional Respite Center was opened in the Town of Greenwich in April 2006.  This Respite Center has now been converted into an Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA).

In February, 2013, WWARC had the unique opportunity to merge with Albany ARC to become Warren, Washington & Albany Counties ARC (WWAARC).  Boards and staff were merged, programs shared, and services expanded.  Today, WWAARC is strong and poised for a very successful future.

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