The Arc is a nationwide organization made up of parents, volunteers and professionals working to enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Founded by parents in 1946, The Arc is the largest grassroots organization of its kind in the country. The Arc was founded by Minnesota parents more than 50 years ago as the Association for Retarded Children. In 1989, The Arc changed it’s name in recognition that people of many kinds of intellectual  disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down Syndrome, are served by The Arc. As a result of The Arc’s efforts, people with intellectual disabilities now have more opportunities to live, learn, work, socialize and participate in their home communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where people with intellectual disabilities are treated with dignity and respect and have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, socialize, and participate in their home communities.

Arc Southwest News and Major Events:


Arc Minnesota and Arc Southwest will be hosting a town hall forum on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10 AM located at the Blue Earth County Library.

Individuals with disabilities and their advocates will have an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas for the future of support services that help people with disabilities maintain independence in their community. Currently, Senator Sheran and Representative Johnson will be attending this event!

2016 Disability Parking Survey:

The Minnesota State Council on Disability is seeking your input on Minnesota’s disability parking regulations. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate how people use the disability parking, what issues are occurring if any, while using the disability parking and how to mediate these issues. The survey will provide valuable data needed to determine if changes need to be made to Minnesota’s disability parking statute.  Your valuable insight is needed to help us determine next steps.

The survey can be found by using the following link: http://www.disability.state.mn.us/2016/01/19/survey-2/


Southwest Community Council Leadership Group-


disability pride and powerOur next community council meeting will be on Saturday, March 12th at 10 AM-1 PM at the New Ulm Country Club! Please click the link for more details: Arc Southwest SAM SW Advisory group meeting

Star Tribune Series- A Matter of Dignity, by Chris Serres

Please read this extremely important series written by Chris Serres about how Minnnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities.

How Minnesota has failed the disabled


Congratulations Wilbur Neushwander-Frink!


Wilbur Neushwander-Frink will receive the Unsung Hero Award tomorrow at the 2015 MCN Annual Conference is St. Paul. The honor is given to individuals doing life-changing work in communities across MN who have not been widely recognized. Congratulations, Wilbur! We think you’re a pretty amazing person.

The Mankato Clinic Foundation awards grant to Arc Southwest, Housing Access Services!!!

Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, Housing Access Services is receiving $2,500 to be used for Arc Southwest to provide monetary assistance for people with disabilities, who qualify for Housing Access Services to help acquire affordable housing within the greater Mankato area. Please click on our official news release for details! Mankato Clinic Foundation NEWS RELEASE

The Olmstead Plan and Employment First, Myths and Realities: Fact Sheet

Check out this great video explanation of the Olmstead Plan, The Omstead Plan is a path to progress for people with disabilities!



Important information:

Olmstead Plan Updates
Revised OlmsteadPlan


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