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 Fall 2013 newsletter
Arc Newsletter – winter 2014 
and Membership Cards 2014
Here is our quarterly newsletter as well as our membership drive card.  If it is easier to print out a card a mail it to us, please feel free to do so. Our address is 709 South Front St. Suite 3, Mankato, MN 56001.  Remember your membership is very important to our success. Thank you!

Upcoming Major Events

The Arc Southwest in conjunction with Rural Area Contemporary Art (RACA) will be hosting the Remembering with Dignity Human Rights Art Show. This wonderful exhibit will be at the 410 Project Gallery from April 18-May 4, 2014. The opening reception will be on Saturday, April 19 from 3-5.  Check out our flyer for more information: Flyer for Art Exhibit

South Central College Community Social Service Department’s fundraiser will be donating dollars from the event to the Arc Southwest! Check out the flyer for more information. Community Social Services Fundraiser

long stemmed roses

Rose pick up in Mankato is next Friday, April 18 at the downtown Hyvee 9:30 AM-5:30 PM. Questions? contact Claudia at 507-345-4223

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 these very important fundraisers:

*Plans are forming for The Arc MN SW Bowl-a-thon in Mankato! We will be having a 2014 bowl-a-thon at the Wow Zone in Mankato on June 7 from 10-3! There will be enough space for 24 teams and 4 players per team. This will be a blast, so think about getting a few teams ready!! More details to follow in the next few months. Questions- Contact Anna at 507-345-4223 or areichel.arcsw@gmail.com Keep checking the website for the date! 2014 Arc bowlathon Registration Form and bowlathon pledge sheet

For your information

Olmstead Plan Updates
Minnesota Olmstead Plan- Final version


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