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Helping People With IDD Reach Their Full Potential

The Arc of Benton County is one of more than 600 chapters across the country working to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) reach their full potential, participate in their communities and have secure futures. Our chapter has programs in the areas of criminal justice advocacy, employment training, skill-building and social navigation.

The Arc of Benton County is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit and local chapter of The Arc U.S, the nation’s largest advocacy organization for people with IDD.

Our Mission

The Arc of Benton County provides advocacy and programs to enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Our Vision

A fully inclusive community where people with IDD are supported to reach their highest potential.

The Arc of Benton County’s Core Values

People First

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.


The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society and are equal before the law.


The Arc believes that people with IDD belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and engaged in all aspects of society.


The Arc believes in self-determination and self-advocacy. With appropriate resources and support, people with IDD can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.


The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).

Our Guiding Principles

Participatory Democracy

The Arc acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents, siblings, family members, and other concerned members of the public have meaningful opportunities to inform and guide the direction of the organization’s advocacy, including determining policy and positions on important issues. The Arc strives for diversity in its leadership, as well as in all facets of the work of the organization.

Visionary Leadership

The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with IDD and catalyzes public and private support in realization of that vision through carefully planned and well-executed goals, strategies and actions.

Public Interest

The Arc represents the public interest, supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with IDD and their families, regardless of the type of disability or membership in The Arc.


The Arc works with individuals, organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion. The Arc values and promotes effective partnerships between volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization.

Transparency, Integrity and Excellence

The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication. The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.

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