The Arc is recognized as the foremost partner with families and people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to support and enhance the quality of their lives.  The Arc does this through advocacy on behalf of individuals and families at all levels of The Arc and at the legislative, system and individual levels.  Providing information and technical support to individuals, families and organizations assists them in fulfilling their dreams.  At some point in his or her life each person with intellectual and developmental disabilities may need an advocate.  Advocacy takes place at the personal, local, state and national level.

The Arc of Shelby County and its national office advocate for specific policies and programs that benefit people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.  The Arc also educates policymakers, people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, service providers, families and others on best practices and issues that impact people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.  The Arc’s goal is to be a national force that creates the environment and the opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families to have choices as they live their lives in the community. 

The Arc of Shelby County also provides theraputic, counseling, educational and job training services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.  To learn more about our programs please click here....