Community Resource

The Arc of Union County

(973) 315-0000

Arc of Union County

The Arc of Union County is dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families throughout their lifespan. The Arc’s programs and services are individualized to each person’s needs and our focus is on developing each person’s abilities to the highest level possible. We believe that all people should be allowed and encouraged to live, enjoy life, and be a part of their community.


The Arc’s Early Intervention Services – Birth to Age 3 - 

  • Provides services for children from birth to 3 years of age, and is approved by the NJ Department of Health. Supports may include speech, physical and/or occupational therapy, developmental intervention services, social work, and behavior services, all primarily delivered in the child's home.

Smart Start Inclusive Preschool Enrichment – Ages 2.5 to 5 years 

  • Inclusive Preschool Program, maximum 15 children with 4:1 ratio per class. Full-day, morning, and afternoon options available. State approved research based curriculum Core Knowledge, and Extended School Year.

The Kohler Academy – Ages 3 – 21 - 

  • Founded in 1963, The Kohler Academy welcomes students (ages 3-21) who have special needs from all over New Jersey. Every student at The Kohler Academy is educated and supported to reach their full potential through an individualized education program, including support for communication issues, developmental delays and other unique challenges. State of the art facilities include therapeutic services in dedicated treatment rooms, a sensory room with a climbing wall and swings, and a Life Skills room that provides students the opportunity to develop self-care, shopping and workplace readiness skills. SMART Boards, iPads and computers provide our students access to assistive technologies that support their learning and communication. NJDOE  Approved Classroom for students with Autism.

Age 21+


As a leading provider of person centered services, adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities at The Arc of Union County are able to develop their abilities so they can lead full and enriching lives, with the support and assistance they need. Adult programs reinforce social and daily living skills, and meet individuals where they are.

Adult Day Habilitation Programs

  • The Adult Day Habilitation Programs provide services that enhance achievement of independence, well-being and full community inclusion. Day Programming provides personalized education and training to acquire the skills and experience needed to participate in the community, consistent with the participant’s Service Plan. The Arc provides safe, secure, and dependable support and assistance for growth. Day programs provide enrichment opportunities,  including computer training, art & music therapy, physical fitness & exercise, and community outings.

Residential Programs

  • The Residential Programs house 100 individuals in 23 group homes and 2 supervised apartments. Residents of The Arc group homes and apartments are active in their neighborhoods, often participating in social and recreational opportunities, working jobs, and as members of houses of worship. Staff supports self-advocacy and independence by emphasizing personal choice within activities of daily living and community experiences. Residential Programs address self-help, social, recreational, leisure and daily living skills, and health needs. The Arc promotes positive social behavior and interpersonal competence through implementation of habilitation plans and individual goals, including mentoring and support for skill development. Residents acquire the skills and experiences needed to participate and meaningfully integrate in their community.

Workforce Development & Employment Services

  • Each individual is evaluated for work readiness and to determine the appropriate job placement to support vocational objectives. Our pre-vocational training programs and work center provide the opportunity for each individual to develop problem-solving, social, adaptive and vocational skills, while performing meaningful tasks, earning a paycheck, and being part of a work team and community.
  • The Arc assists individuals with finding and maintaining competitive employment, while supporting job development and job matching, self-advocacy, and assessment of their assets and limitations in work environments. Employment Services promotes the “Employment First” philosophy that provides job placement and on-the-job training in competitive and supported employment positions in community work settings.

Behavioral Supports & Services

  • The Arc’s Behavioral Supports & Services provide positive behavioral supports and interventions to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our residential and day programs. The Arc utilizes evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles for environmental assessments and behavioral management to address needs, promote positive and appropriate behaviors and interpersonal skills.


  • Family Services include Respite Care, including After School and After Work programs, Summer Camp Star, In-Home Support, Recreational, and Weekend Programs. These programs give family members a break from the stress of caring for and supporting their loved ones with disabilities. Families also benefit from family counseling and social work services. The Family Support programs benefit the individuals through building self-esteem, increasing opportunity for socialization, and increasing independence.
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Arts & Recreation
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Legal / Advocacy
Seasonal Programs
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Treatment Services
Outpatient Services
Treatment Setting
  • School
Payment Options
  • County Funding
  • DCP&P Contracted Service
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Scholarships / Financial Aid
  • Self Pay
  • State Funding
  • State-Public Contracted Service
  • System of Care (CSOCI Medicaid / FlexFunds)

Last Updated: 06/22/23