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The Arc is a national community-based organization which provides services and support for families of and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including those dealing with autism spectrum disorders. There are local chapters which range in size from small, volunteer supported groups to large multi-million dollar organizations. The web address is www.thearc.org. There, you can locate your local Arc chapter. In many chapters, there are advocates can walk you through the process of placing your child on appropriate waiting lists to receive funding for services such as respite care and therapies. Chapters in larger cities will be able to provide more services including daycare for adults with special needs and after-school and summer programs for children and youth.