The Arc Greater Twin Cities promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. The Arc Greater Twin Cities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.





People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust The Arc for information, assistance, education and training.  Disabilities may include autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, fragile X and other disabilities.
Intellectual disability is a disability that occurs before age 18. People with this disability experience significant limitations in two main areas: intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. These limitations are expressed in the person’s conceptual, social and practical everyday living skills. A number of people with intellectual disability are mildly affected, making the disability difficult to recognize. Intellectual disability is diagnosed through the use of standardized tests of intelligence and adaptive behavior.





We value each person.

  • Every person has unique strengths and deserves a chance to use them.
  • We welcome each person.
  • We treat each person with fairness and respect.
  • We believe trust is freely given, not earned.

 We are connectors.

  • We serve as ambassadors and change the world through our collaboration.
  • We unite people to build relationships and generate opportunities.
  • Our work and advocacy is life changing and we move communities forward.
  • We believe in and practice teamwork.

 We are courageous. 

  • Our work requires that we always speak the truth to protect human rights.
  • Our beliefs inspire us to go above what is accepted.
  • We welcome change as progress and opportunity.
  • Fear of failure doesn’t stop us.
  • We are tenacious and overcome obstacles.

We are accountable.

  • Integrity, discipline, and quality define our work.
  • We are personally responsible for our goals, actions and to deliver results.
  • We are resilient and will stay the course in the face of obstacles and setbacks.
  • We are consistent active, and engaged contributors.





Our vision is to pursue lasting community change and connections that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in creating a good life.  The Arc Greater Twin Cities will broaden community engagement in its programming and activities; translate its experience and knowledge base into resources and tools that increase impact, efficiency and revenue streams; deepen strategic partnerships and drive policy improvements.  Read the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan.




The Arc Greater Twin Cities operates on an annual budget of $3.4 million. Check out our financial reports!




Since the first gathering of concerned parents in Minneapolis in 1946, the structure and name of The Arc Greater Twin Cities has changed, but our fierce commitment to improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families has not.  Read the history of The Arc in the United States.


History of The Arc Greater Twin Cities


A Walk Through Time with The Arc






 The Arc Greater Twin Cities leadership includes a volunteer board of directors; an advisory honorary board and a staff leadership team.




By joining The Arc, you are part of the largest grassroots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Individual, household and organizational memberships are available.  Join or renew now! Click here




The Arc’s statewide and national position statements address critical issues related to rights, treatment, services and programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  





Is it The Arc or The ARC? What is meant by “People First” language? What is an intellectual disability? Find answers to many frequently asked questions. Click here.






The Arc Greater Twin Cities
2446 University Ave W.
Suite 110
St. Paul MN 55114

T: 952-920-0855
F: 952-920-1480


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