In 1978, a group of courageous and sometimes radical parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities began the journey that is now known as The Arc of Schuyler. Those parents and family members knew there was something wrong with a system that forced their sons, daughters and brothers and sisters to travel, sometimes for 2 or more hours, to surrounding communities to receive some of the most basic services and supports. So they organized! They strategized and they protested when necessary. They joined forces with other parents and siblings of people who were even further away, housed in large, cold and inhumane institutions throughout New York State. They learned from people in nearby communities how organizations were formed locally to meet their family members’ needs.