The Arc of Augusta

Get to Know Us


The Arc of Augusta, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has served individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) in the independent cities of Waynesboro, Staunton and in greater Augusta County since 1960. We are the local chapter of the national organization, The Arc of the US.

Traditionally an advocacy agency, The Arc works in conjunction with other Arc chapters in Virginia and throughout the United States to advocate for the civil and human rights of individuals with developmental disorders. In the last 50 years, our chapter has made tremendous growth, starting from a small group of parents advocating for their children to operating a school (before special education in public schools) to summer camps, day programs and having a strong voice in both local and state government. The Arc of Augusta’s history is strong and our future is stronger! 

Currently, we are a provider of a variety of educational, social, recreational and advocacy services. 100 percent of The Arc clients have a primary diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability. Our Arc chapter also continues to push for changes in state and federal law to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities and we are partners with a wide variety of human service organizations in and around our current service area. 



Our Mission and Values


Our vision is a society that values inclusivity, fosters education, and embraces advocacy, ensuring every person with diverse abilities enjoys a life of dignity, purpose, and fulfillment.


The Arc of Augusta is dedicated to fostering education, promoting awareness, and advocating for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities across the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County areas. Our unwavering commitment extends to providing essential services that empower both children and adults, ensuring a supportive and inclusive community for all.

Human Dignity

People with IDD have human dignity. The lives of people with IDD have value.


People with IDD can make decisions about their lives. People with IDD should be supported to do so as requested or needed.


Human diversity is beautiful and powerful. We celebrate, honor, and seek to understand the differences in our identities and life experiences.


Society must remove barriers and correct injustices that limit opportunities for people with IDD. Extra action is needed to help people with IDD and their families, who face other forms of bias or discrimination.


People with IDD have varying strengths, abilities, and interests. Each person is unique.


People with IDD have human and civil rights, which must be protected.


People with IDD are part of and contribute to the fabric of society. Everyone benefits when people with IDD are present and participate.


People with IDD have differing support needs. Society must support people with IDD to achieve their full potential. Society should also help families who provide support for loved ones with IDD.

Our Board and Staff


Tosha Berry

Mary Ellen Golden

Whitney Briggs

Executive Director

Direct Support Provider

Direct Support Provider

Board of Directors

Debi Jo Brinkley

Noreen Wright

Amanda Sullivan

Tosha Berry

Michelle Stover

Kim Wright

Mahayyah El


Vice President


Reporting Secretary