These groups consist of family members and friends of people with disabilities to participate in monthly meetings to be informed of the most current issues that may impact your loved ones. The meetings can include:

  • Presentations on state and federal policies that could affect you.
  • Updates on services and programs in your area.
  • Guest speakers on issues that are of interest to you.
  • Collaboration on projects that will benefit self-advocates, families, and communities.


Where and When We Meet

Mankato: Fourth Tuesday of every month except December at 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest Region conference room (3rd floor) at 501 South Second Street in downtown Mankato. Questions? Contact Lee Ann Erickson at 507.235.8580.

Fairmont: Second Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Questions? Call Lee Ann at 1.800.427.2895.

Many years ago, The Arc started with families and friends working together to obtain services and create more inclusive communities. We still believe that our communities will greatly benefit from self-advocates, family, and friends working together to ensure a more inclusive future for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Contact the Southwest Region

Fairmont Office

Lee Ann Erickson, Program Director

Box 674
Fairmont, MN 56031
Phone: 507.235.8580 or regional toll-free number, 800.427.2895
Regional fax: 507.235.2680


Mankato Office

Wilbur Neushwander-Frink, Regional Coordinator

501 South Second Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507.345.4223 or regional toll-free number, 866.502.4082
Regional fax: 507.345.8145

Statewide toll-free number: 833.450.1494