The Arc of Greater Cleveland
William Patrick Day Early Childhood Center
About The Arc of Greater Cleveland
The Arc of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with mental retardation and increasing their role as valued, contributing members of society. Down syndrome is a congenital chromosomal disorder characterized by varying degrees of mental retardation, characteristic abnormalities of the head and facial area, malformations of the hands and/or feet, congenital heart defects in approximately 25 percent of affected individuals, and/or other abnormalities. In most individuals with Down syndrome, all or a portion of chromosome 21 appears three times rather than twice in cells of the body; however, in rare cases, the disorder may occur due to a chromosomal translocation involving chromosome 21 and another chromosome. Established in 1962, the Center for Mental Retardation offers a variety of services and programs including patient advocacy services, parent counseling and support, referral services, and patient and professional education. Its educational materials include brochures, pamphlets, and a regular newsletter.