Welcome to The Arc!

We know that you have goals for what you want to do in your life.
The Arc is here to help you.

Our chapters around the country provide information and training.
Our chapters also provide services to people.
We help people find jobs, find their next home, and go to school.
We also do other things to help people achieve their goals.

We advocate for the civil and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
We support the full inclusion of people with I/DD in their community.


Advocate with Us and Join our National Council of Self-Advocates

People with disabilities run the National Council of Self-Advocates.
People with disabilities lead the Council.
People with disabilities are members of the Council.

The National Council of Self Advocates is an advisory council.
The Council advises The Arc on its advocacy, programs, and services.
The Council tells The Arc how it can better support people with disabilities.
The Council tells The Arc about important issues to people with disabilities.

You can join the Council by filling out this form.


Build Your Advocacy Skills

Check out these resources to learn how to become a better self-advocate:

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In Memory of Adonis Reddick

photo of Adonis Reddick receiving 2015  Catalyst Award

Self-Advocate and Community Leader Adonis Reddick passed away in May 2016. Adonis was an active member of Saint Louis Arc, and received a 2015 Catalyst Award for training and supporting self-advocates. The Missouri Divison of Developmental Disabilities also named him "2015 Self-Advocate of the Year." Adonis will be remembered for his kind nature, sense of humor, and his dedication to advocating for incluison for all.

Lois Curtis
Lois Curtis was our 2017 Self-Advocate of The Arc. Lois is a successful artist and a powerful advocate for people with disabilities. 

Lois is the face of the Olmstead v. LC and EW  court case. This court case secured people with disabilities’ right to live in their community rather than in institutions.


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