About The Arc of Harris County
To promote wellness, enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Location: 9401 Southwest Freeway, 12th Floor, Houston, TX 77074
Mailing Address: 9401 Southwest Freeway, 12th Floor, Huston, TX 77074
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm * please call before coming to our office, staff are not always present at our physical location
The Arc of Harris County serves our constituents and the Houston community by focusing on the following major areas:
1) Providing community outreach, education, and awareness on behalf of the disability community to families, schools, businesses, adult services organizations, and other community organizations;
2) Participating in national, state, and local legislative and systems advocacy to ensure that children with disabilities have access to a free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment; and that adults with disabilities have access to community-based, integrated employment and supports;
3) Supporting the structure and cohesion of families who have members with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and
4) Providing life-enhancing integrated activities and experiences for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc is a member-based organization, and an affiliate with The Arc of Texas and The Arc of United States.
Director of Development
Director of Programs
Dr. Melisa Rosario-Diaz, Ed.D., MA.Ed., BCASE
Our Core Values
People First: The Arc of Harris County believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.
Equity: The Arc of Harris County believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and securities accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.
Community: The Arc of Harris County believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil, and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.
Self-Determination: The Arc of Harris County believes in self-determination and self-advocacy. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.
Diversity: The Arc of Harris County believes that society in general and The Arc of Greater Houston in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics.
Board of Directors
President--Jonna Kiel-Mack, MHA, MBA
Vice President--Cornelius Booker, MBA
Equal Opportunity Specialist
Secretary--Deborah Pearson, Ph.D
Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
UT Medical School Houston
Executive General Manager
General Electric (GE)
Mayra Corona-Moreno M.D., BCBA
Beautiful Minds ABA
CEO and Founder
Janus Advisory and Consulting Services
Weldon E. Taylor
Exxon Mobil (Retired)
Sr. DSP Business Coach