The Arc Advocacy and Resource Center of Ottawa County

665 136th St. #90
Holland, MI 49424

Phone: 616.738.8570
Toll Free: 1-800-678-0995

The Arc Advocacy & Resource Center of Ottawa County advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual and other related developmental disabilities. We are a non-profit charitable organization funded in part by grants and through the kindness of inidividual donors.

Here we have provided resources, information about our services and more. Support us with membership.

We proudly serve individuals and families throughout Ottawa County and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.


New thrift store opening in September!


We are opening a new thrift store in collaboration with Macatawa Resource Center (MRC), Macatawa Area Residents in Action (MARIA) and Reaching Himalayans for Christ. It will be housed in the MRC building where we have our offices. We are calling the store Macatawa Treasures Thrift Boutique. We will be selling clothing, shoes and general merchandise so your donations are very welcome. Himalayans for Christ will have a tea shop in the store. Hope to see you there!




The Federal Definition of “Developmental Disability”

Public Law 98-527, the Developmental Disabilities Act of 1984, defines a developmental disability as a severe, chronic disability of a person which:

  1. is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments
  2. is manifested before the person attains age 22
  3. is likely to continue indefinitely
  4. results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    1. self-care
    2. receptive and expressive language
    3. learning
    4. mobility
  5. self-direction capacity for independent living
  6. economic self-sufficiency
  7. reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment, or other services which are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated