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 Membership Drive!!


We are in full swing for our 2015 membership drive and would like for YOU to become a member of the Arc of Minnesota Southwest. Your membership will go to supporting all of our immensely important programming. To become a member contact Anna at 507-345-4223 to receive a membership card or print off a card from the link provided and mail it to 501 South Second Street, Mankato, MN 56001, 2015 Membership Card

Upcoming Major Events

Mark your calendars for this very important fundraiser:


Aktion Club Theatre in Mankato will be holding their annual tip night fundraiser on Monday, December 8 from 5-9 PM! Come support Aktion Club and enjoy delicious food!!!


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

Important information:

Olmstead Plan Updates
Minnesota Olmstead Plan- Final version


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