What We Do

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.

 

Who We Support

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.

 

Our Core Values

We value each person.

  • Every person has unique strengths and deserves a chance to use them.
  • We welcome each person.
  • We treat each person with fairness and respect.
  • We believe trust is freely given, not earned.

We are connectors.

  • We serve as ambassadors and change the world through our collaboration.
  • We unite people to build relationships and generate opportunities.
  • Our work and advocacy is life changing and we move communities forward.
  • We believe in and practice teamwork.

We are courageous.

  • Our work requires that we always speak the truth to protect human rights.
  • Our beliefs inspire us to go above what is accepted.
  • We welcome change as progress and opportunity.
  • Fear of failure doesn’t stop us.
  • We are tenacious and overcome obstacles.

We are accountable.

  • Integrity, discipline, and quality define our work.
  • We are personally responsible for our goals, actions and to deliver results.
  • We are resilient and will stay the course in the face of obstacles and setbacks.
  • We are consistent active, and engaged contributors.

 

Our Strategic Plan

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.

See our strategic plan

 

Our Positions on Important Issues

The Arc releases position statements to address critical issues at the state and national level.

Read our position statements

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Together, We Are The Arc Minnesota

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

Our History

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.

How Do I Get More Information?

For more information about The Arc Minnesota, click to learn about our programs and services.