Please read below for continued alerts pertaining to COVID-19, and make sure to check back frequently for new updates as they are made available.

As we continue to respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please be assured that we are taking a proactive approach to protect the health and wellness of the people we support and our staff.

We need your assurance that social distancing, use of masks and other face covering, meticulous attention to hand washing, and proper cleaning and disinfection will be practiced. You must contact the home at least a day before when possible and speak with the Residence Manager to set up the home visit.

To minimize possible risk during any off-site visit, exposure to members of different households and to public places, in general, should be done with caution and on a limited basis. Good hygiene must be practiced and safe social distancing should be maintained, whenever possible. Consistent with Executive Order 202.17, masks must be worn in public whenever social distancing cannot be maintained, to the extent they can be medically tolerated.

An individual may participate in family visits only if he/she is not suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, is not under any quarantine or isolation requirements, and passes a health screen and temperature check immediately prior to leaving the residence. Our staff will share additional expectations regarding parameters for home visits, and transportation to and from visits. You will be expected to complete a Home Visit form prior to departure and upon return to the residence.

The agency reserves the right to prohibit, limit, restrict or discontinue any visit for failure to adhere to the standards outlined above or has the potential to put individuals or staff at risk.

Thank you, as always, for your partnership, patience and understanding as we work to provide supports and services for your family member in these unprecedented circumstances.

Before opening our programs and resuming services, our Community Supports team developed the following Safety Plan in accordance with OPWDD: Community Supports Safety Plan Guidance


As a chapter of  The Arc New York, we are proud to share this video, which is part of The Legacy Project: Stories of Love, Determination & Reflection”

Through video and storytelling, The Legacy Project captures who we are as an organization, the struggles we have endured, and the personal and organizational triumphs we have achieved throughout our history. Interviews are being conducted across the state and will continue throughout the year.

The first video, “The People Behind the Story: The Developmental Center Chapters” features several family members whose loved ones were, or are, part of the state system. Each shares a very personal part of their family’s journey.  As we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Month and our 70th year of providing support to people with developmental disabilities, we are proud of how far we’ve come, and remain steadfast in advocating for inclusion. Click here to view.


In November 2020, Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) launched the SYR Community Art Program. Consisting of over 120 paintings from 10 community organizations, including Arc of Onondaga, the artwork is displayed throughout SYR.  Click here for a peek!



Arc of Onondaga is one of the largest providers of services to people with developmental disabilities in Onondaga County serving over 1,000 people and their families, and employing over 500 people. With nearly 40 different sites throughout Central New York, Arc provides a wide array of opportunities including residential, day, employment and recreation programs and services.




Arc of Onondaga – 600 South Wilbur Avenue – Syracuse, New York 13204 – 315.476.7441

Administrator on Duty: 315-439-3641

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