In October 1973, a small group of concerned parents and friends combined resources, recognizing the unmet needs of individuals with mental retardation in Columbia County.  This group chartered the Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc. in January, 1974.  The adult work training program opened in July, 1974.  The name was legally changed to CARC-Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities, Inc. in conjunction with the Association’s 20th anniversary to better reflect the broader scope of disabilities currently served.

The Association is governed by a twelve member volunteer Board of Directors representing major agencies/components of the community.  The Board is charged with the responsibilities of policy development and monitoring/management of financial aspects.  Staff members, both professional and para-professional are responsible for the day to day implementation of policy, program management, and service delivery.

Currently CARC employees around 100 persons, with approximately 45% of these employees who have a legally documented disability.