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About Us

LARC is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing developmentally disabled adults with an opportunity to work, live, and participate in their community.  Originally formed in 1956, as a school for children diagnosis with mental retardation (The Lansing School of Special Education), LARC has grown to provide day training and work activities to approximately 100 adults with developmental disabilities from Southern Chicago land suburbs and Northwest Indiana in our main complex.  Also provided is a home environment for 43 individuals and work opportunities in the community through mobile work crews and individual placement. 

A person with developmental disabilities has been diagnosed with mental retardation or has suffered an injury, which severely limits his or her mental abilities.  According to the ARC, a national organization advocating and supporting persons with developmental disabilities, between 6.2 and 7.5 million people in the United States have a developmental disability.  It is shown to be more prevalent than Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and total blindness.  It is estimated that one in ten families are affected by developmental disabilities.

LARC’s goal is to assist and enable each disabled individual in our program reach their highest potential in their jobs, their home, and their community.


LARC Vision Statement

LARC envisions a future where individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities will have the opportunity to realize their highest potential in their work, home and community; additionally, they will be able to freely choose their place of work and living arrangement, while enjoying meaningful relationships.

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