West Central Region – Supports for Individuals and Families

The West Central Region of The Arc

Minnesota provides the following supports

and programs for people with develop-

mental disabilities and their families in 

the region.  


  • Individual and Family Advocacy
    One-on-one assistance for individuals and families with questions on issues such as special education services, guardianship, employment, and housing.
  • Parent Education
    Workshops are held throughout the year. See our regional page for a list of upcoming workshops.  Topics include special education/Individual Education Plans, guardianship, autism issues, transition, housing, behavior challenges, and assistive technology.
  • Public Awareness
    Activities help create awareness about people with developmental disabilities, their abilities, their concerns, and their needs.
  • Referral Services
    Information regarding other services in addition to those The Arc Minnesota provides, which may benefit individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Public Policy Advocacy
    The West Central Region is active in The Arc Minnesota’s efforts to advocate on current state and federal policies affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Housing Access Services & Coordination
    Assists eligible individuals with disabilities to find a place of their own in the community that gives them more independence and meets their needs. Click here for more information about this service.  E-mail James Mulvihill or call him at 218.287.1841 to get answers your questions.
  • Recreational/Social Activities
    Provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to come together for socializing and fun in their communities.  Regular activities include dances on the 2nd Monday and the 4th Monday of each month, as well as “Games and More” nights.
  • Support Groups
    Provide parents an opportunity to network, share ideas & concerns, & extend support to other parents in similar situations.
  • Sibshops
    Provide children ages 7-13, who have a sibling with a disability, with the opportunity to have fun with and connect other children who also have siblings with disabilities.
  • Networking/Collaboration
    The Arc Minnesota’s West Central Region is a member of and/or involved with several committees at the local level, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Lending Library & Resource Materials
    Includes current materials on different disabilities, including videos, books, and pamphlets. Available at no charge.