- Promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Support individuals & families throughout their lives
- Brought about large-scale changes throughout the past six decades
The Arc Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide voluntary organization. Our mission is promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Arc Minnesota and local chapters of The Arc provide crucial information for people with developmental disabilities and their families, connect them with resources, and stand with them when they need an advocate. For the past six decades, The Arc Minnesota has been a leader in advocating for public policies that benefit people with I/DD and their families, and we continue that effort, coordinating our policy work with local chapters.
The Arc Minnesota was founded in 1951, one year after the first national conference of The Arc was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our vision is a world where people with I/DD are more self-reliant, empowered, and able to make choices in their lives.
Services have improved dramatically since then, and The Arc is largely responsible for the changes brought about during the last six decades. A broad range of community services are now available, including housing, day programs, support for families, recreation activities, and support for competitive jobs in the community. Public schools are now accessible to all children with disabilities. People with I/DD are participating in and contributing to their communities.
Today, residential, employment, and educational services are found in virtually every part of the state. The Arc’s services help people find and secure the opportunities to live, work, learn, and play in their communities.