“A person's greatness lies in his or her heart.”
On World Down Syndrome Day, let us celebrate today, and throughout the year, our differences that unite us in our humanity.
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“I THINK LIKE YOU, BUT DIFFERENTLY!”

With or without an intellectual disability every person has unique value.

Whatever one’s intelligence,

EVERY PERSON HAS TALENTS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS.


Together, in our communities, integrated in local cultures all over the world, we create ways to live, work and develop networks. In L’Arche, each person participates, helps and receives help. L’Arche is founded on mutual relationships. 

 

Being truly together,

WE CAN BE TRANSFORMED.


We share meals, free time, work, time with friends and neighbors… In this daily life, we can be transformed by one another.

 

The experiences we have together can

CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER WORLD!


We want to share our experiences, because when we bring our weaknesses and strengths together, when we recognize we need each other, these can contribute to building a more human society.

 

Who is this

WE?


We are the members of L’Arche communities throughout the world. We are diverse. We are persons with or without intellectual disabilities, serving in different roles for our common mission.

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“He told me that he loved me.”

How many million times a day do these words “He told me that he loved me” get spoken across the world’s cultures? This time, something different is going on in Quebec, Canada. 

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Please come to my wedding!

Ally, an assistant in L'Arche Edinburgh, Scotland speaks no Polish; Agata, a lady with Down’s syndrome from L'Arche Sledziejowice, Poland, speaks no English: language barrier? No problem! Difference in intellectual ability? So what! Friendship? You bet!

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One world, many colours

“Every time we really understand what Roberto means, it’s a very precious moment.” Luca, an assistant from L’Arche Bologna, (Italy), talks about his friend, community member, Roberto. Besides his intellectual disability, Roberto does not speak, see or hear. So how to communicate?

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