Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped (ARCH)

UPDATED: March 12, 2021

Incorporated as an Arizona not-for-profit organization in 1975, ARCH is a busy recreation center in the heart of Phoenix offering a full range of educational and recreational programs for kids and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. ARCH is the only facility of its kind in the state of Arizona and one of only three such organizations in the entire country. It is a neighborhood, community and metro Phoenix resource for youth and adults with disabilities seeking recreation and educational activities. Our mission is to enhance and maintain the quality of life of individuals with special needs by providing therapeutic recreation services, health and wellness programs, socialization opportunities and basic living skills, in our facilities and in the community. Participants come from residential neighborhoods, group homes, schools and partner programs from all over the Valley. 85% are from low-income families. 5,000 clients per year participate in ARCH’s programs. We serve individuals with Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Fragile X, Kabuki Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, and some of our participants have dual diagnoses.

  • Languages:
  • American Sign Language
  • English
  • some ASL
  • Spanish
  • Insurances Accepted:
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1550 W. Colter St.
Phoenix, AZ 85015
United States







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