History of The Arc
The Arc movement began in Minnesota in 1946 at a time when institutional care was substandard, community alternatives were rarely available, and myths about developmental disabilities were widespread so that people with developmental disabilities and their families were isolated from the rest of society.
Services have improved dramatically since then, and The Arc is largely responsible for the changes brought about during the last six decades. Community services including residential programs, day training and habilitation, family support, and employment and recreation activities are now available. Public schools are now accessible to all children with disabilities, and people with developmental disabilities are participating and contributing in their communities.
Today, residential, vocational, 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.