A time existed when persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities were virtually invisible. The stigma was that they were incapable of learning and functioning in society. In 1949, a group of concerned parents met in NYC to seek opportunities for a better, more inclusive life for their children with special needs and a support system for parents. They formed the New York organization, NYSARC, now known as Arc NY, the nation's largest provider of services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Arc of Seneca Cayuga has emerged as a leader in these services, particularly with their textile factory employment programs for many disabled individuals.
Finger Lakes Textiles creates Arctic Gear
Finger Lakes Textiles is an inclusive textile and knitting factory, composed of individuals with all levels of ability who work to produce winter hats and beanies.
The hats are completely American made, and for over 20 years, have been keeping the U.S. Armed Forces warm and protected in all climates. The profits from each hat sale go directly back into Arc of Seneca Cayuga’s programs and operations to create a self-sustaining charity.
Understanding the potential within each one of these hats, the organization decided to expand their market to the public by creating a consumer-facing brand in order to give back in a much larger way. In late 2017, Arctic Gear was conceptualized with a public launch in the winter of 2018.
Arc of Seneca Cayuga is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We are the largest provider of services for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Comprised of 600 dedicated staff members, we assist and support 1,200 persons and their families throughout Cayuga and Seneca Counties. You can find our 990 form here.
We are a state chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and a member of the national organization, The Arc. We participate in The Collaborative of the Finger Lakes, a cooperative of 12 agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in our area.