What We Do

/>A Leader in Disability Rights

We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

Strong National Presence

With more than 140,000 members and nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, we are on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community.

Deeply Rooted History

The Arc was born more than 60 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working vigilantly to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, educational opportunities and work programs.

Founded in 1950, The Arc was comprised of a small group of concerned and passionate parents and community members who would be catalyst for changing the public perception of children with disabilities. For the past 60+ years, The Arc has continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face.

Governed by a volunteer board of directors and managed by key staff of The Arc, we work passionately to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with an intellectual or developmental disability in the United States has access to the information, advocacy and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community.

Become a part of our mission and get involved with The Arc Anderson County chapter today!

Advocacy & Education

The Arc is the nation’s largest disability organization, and as such, can be a powerful advocate for the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Arc Anderson County advocates at both local and national levels, providing information, resources, and referrals to Tennesseans with disabilities and providing policy updates and action alerts regarding disability-related laws. We provide resources for both community advocacy and individual advocacy, as well as offer resources for trainings to help families who have a member with disabilities better advocate for themselves.


The best way to advocate for people with disabilities is to make sure they, and their caregivers and families, know how to best advocate for themselves.

The Arc Anderson County works with other community agencies to provide educational workshops and webinars on a variety of disability topics, including special education, voting rights, estate planning, emergency preparedness, and more. By helping families understand their rights and responsibilities, The Arc teaches them to become their own best advocates.


The Arc Anderson County partners with Public Schools to teaching soft skills (i.e. social skills, self-advocacy, interviewing, resume development) in several community classrooms. We have learned if we teach students soft skills while still in school, they’re better prepared for life after school. Transition students are able to use those soft skills when preparing to enter the job market, allowing us to help expand employment opportunities in the community.