The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust Advocates at The Arc for help in addressing issues that affect their lives. Advocates provide personalized information, navigation, and referrals on disability issues and systems throughout the lifespan. The Arc engages people in public policy advocacy to protect and promote the human rights of people with disabilities.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust The Arc for information, assistance, education, and training. Disabilities may include autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, fragile X, Williams syndrome, and other disabilities.
Intellectual disability is a disability that occurs before age 18. People with this disability experience significant limitations in two main areas: intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. These limitations are expressed in the person’s conceptual, social, and practical everyday living skills.
Many people with intellectual disability are mildly affected, making the disability difficult to recognize. Intellectual disability is diagnosed using standardized tests of intelligence and adaptive behavior.
We value each person.
We are connectors.
We are courageous.
We are accountable.
Our vision is to pursue lasting community change and connections that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in living their best lives.
The Arc releases position statements to address critical issues at the state and national level.
The Arc Minnesota Regions and Affiliated Chapters provide consistent and essential services to support more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families across the state.
The Arc Minnesota’s services throughout the state include:
• Access to a toll-free information and assistance phone number — 833.450.1494
• “Ask An Advocate” online with responses typically within one business day
• Opportunities to participate in online and in-person training events
• A statewide Public Policy platform with grassroots engagement
For more than 70 years, The Arc has promoted and protected the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
The Arc has adapted to address the changes that people with disabilities face across their lifespan.