The Arc of East Ascension, located in Gonzales, Louisiana, was founded in 1964 by a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities. The concerned parents came together in an effort to find an alternate route for educating their children and to develop meaningful activities for them to be a part of. The group quickly grew into a thriving agency, well known as the primary resource for families in need of support for their child or family member with developmental disabilities. 


The organization today offers community members an all-inclusive service and referral opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities. The services are offered at several sites in the Gonzales and surrounding areas including South East Ascension Complex Boulevard and Purpera Avenue. 


The Arc of East Ascension established a high-spirited fundraising and community awareness project with the development of "Dancing For A Cause" in 2009. The event has rapidly grown into a popular community event. The fundraiser is held each year in July and showcases local community leaders by pairing them with professional dances. The fundraiser is a wonderful way for the community to recognize The Arc of East Ascension’s efforts to fulfill its mission of enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families through service and advocacy that support choice, independence and dignity. 


Currently, The Arc of East Ascension is offering multiple services to the community. We are currently transitioning our day program services to follow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling for settings. The Arc of East Ascension is committed to offer programs for individuals with disabilities including Day Habilitation and Supported Employment as well as respite services (both in-home and center-based) and supported independent living. Our services and supports provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn valuable life and work skills and become contributing members of the community.


Board of Directors

Members of The Arc of East Ascension’s Board of Directors are nominated and voted for by the current members of The Arc of East Ascension. The Board of Directors consists of 6-12 board members who meet on a monthly basis to discuss finances and policy and procedures affecting the overall operations of The Arc of East Ascension. 


During the Annual Membership Meeting, The Arc of East Ascension membership selects the Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Any community member is welcome to join our membership through a nominal fee. Please see the Membership Tab for more information. 


Executive Director

From the Desk of Dr. Elizabeth Fussell


The administration of The Arc of East Ascension strives to uphold the highest standards of ethics and professionalism while assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Ascension Parish and surrounding areas. We are excited to see the many changes that are taking place at The Arc of East Ascension. It is our aim that our customers have the opportunity to implement goals and learn skills that will help them achieve quality lives through choice and independence. 


If you have heard about The Arc of East Ascension but do not fully understand what we do, we invite you to stop in for a visit. We will be happy to give you a tour and introduce our many activities. Once you know who we are and what we do, we invite you to visit often to volunteer. We can find a valued role for you. 


Are you looking to join our staff? Please give us a call. We are always looking for caring, qualified employees to continue our mission! 


Are you looking for services? The administration will gladly assist you to navigate the steps to receiving services. We are funded primarily through the Louisiana Department of Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities via individual Medicaid Waiver Services. We also accept private pay. Call us today to get started! 


The Arc of East Ascension is a much richer organization due to the tremendous support received from the community. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you and working with you on our next initiative! 

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