The Arc is a nationwide organization made up of parents, volunteers and professionals working to enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Founded by parents in 1946, The Arc is the largest grassroots organization of its kind in the country. The Arc was founded by Minnesota parents more than 50 years ago as the Association for Retarded Children. In 1989, The Arc changed it’s name in recognition that people of many kinds of intellectual  disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down Syndrome, are served by The Arc. As a result of The Arc’s efforts, people with intellectual disabilities now have more opportunities to live, learn, work, socialize and participate in their home communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where people with intellectual disabilities are treated with dignity and respect and have equal opportunities to live, learn, work socialize and participate in their home communities.

Check out the Arc Southwest Summer 2014 newsletter

The Arc Southwest had a VERY busy summer, including a move to our NEW Mankato office! We are now located at 501 South Second Street in the Centenary United Methodist building, still in downtown Mankato. Come visit us! Check out our summer newsletter for all of the latest Arc Southwest news Arc Newsletter – summer 2014 and Summer 2014 Additional Information

Upcoming Major Events

SMILES in Mankato has a support group for people with mental illness. At the group you will share experiences and ideas while trying to concentrate on your strengths. Support group is FREE and open to the public. DROP ON IN! All are welcome! For more information check out the flyer: Support Group

PLEASE take this survey for the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities: Your opinions and perspectives are important to us.  There are no wrong answers.  All results will remain confidential and none of your answers will be used to identify you, your student or your school at any time. Click this link to take the survey: Parent/Student Special Education Experience Survey

The Men of Atalissa- Please watch this NY Times Documentary about these men in Atalissa, Iowa and their story. We still have a lot of work to do in the Self-Advocacy movement!  The Men of Atalissa Documentary

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) will be holding their conference in Oklahoma, OK from October 9-12! Check out their website for more information: http://muconf.missouri.edu/sabe2014/index.html

Mark your calendars for this very important fundraiser:

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming fundraisers!

For your information

Olmstead Plan Updates
Minnesota Olmstead Plan- Final version


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