The Arc of Dutchess began when a group of local special education teachers led by Catherine Seeberger considered the lack of future opportunities in the community for their graduating students. These visionaries recognized the untapped capacity and value of these young adults to develop as members of a community enriched by their presence. More importantly, they believed in their right to do so.
And so, this band of advocates, along with a group of dedicated parents, took the first steps toward the creation of The Arc of Dutchess. Born from the legacy of Dutchess County's Little Red Schoolhouse, a small vocational program developed into one of the largest providers of service to people with developmental disabilities and their families in Dutchess County. Today, the agency provides diverse services across the age spectrum in every corner of the county.
We are proud of our roots, the path we've traveled, and our vision for the future. We see exciting opportunities ahead; as collaborators with our community, providing meaningful, person driven services with a competent and caring workforce.