Arc of Greater New Orleans

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 Dr. Stephen Sauer, Executive Director of Arc of Greater New Orleans and ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center

925 Labarre Road • Metairie
504-837-5105 •

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Arc of Greater New Orleans (ArcGNO) works to secure for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) opportunities to develop, function, and live to their fullest potential.


For 67 years, ArcGNO has worked to advance the independence and well-being of individuals with IDD, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. Currently ArcGNO supports 600+ individuals throughout Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and St. Tammany parishes with an array of services. These services include: case management for children 0-36 months; in-home support for adults living either on their own or with family members; day services to facilitate skill building, social interaction, and community integration; and job placement/vocational services for those seeking employment. All services have as their goal the maximization of an individual’s autonomy and range of opportunities.

Despite disruptions, ArcGNO has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, striving to keep its participants and their families active, safe, and healthy. Further, the organization deftly pivoted its day services program to a virtual platform, alleviating isolation and providing essential connections vital to participants’ well-being.


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Ryan Rovaris, ArcGNO participant, and Jay England, Community Employment & Integration Director, enjoying the French Quarter Festival.


Currently, there’s a significant gap in government funding and the actual cost of serving participants. Home and community-based services are essential to keep individuals with IDD healthy, independent, and connected to their communities. Current reimbursement rates are only at 2008 levels, while the actual cost to serve individuals with IDD has increased each of the last 13 years. In addition to fundraising via its popular Mardi Gras Recycle Center, ArcGNO welcomes volunteers and monetary donations. Visit


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