"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone."
In 1959, the Sebastian County
Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) was incorporated when Dr. Roger Bost,
a prominent pediatrician, organized a group of families to bring a better
quality of life to those with disabilities in our area. At the time, little
was known about intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), then
referred to as "mental retardation".
There were virtually no
programs or activities in communities to assist in the development and care
of children and adults with I/DD or to support their families. Like every
parent, the founding ARC parents wanted more for their children. They wanted
their children to lead fulfilling lives out in the community, not shuttered
away in institutions. It was in that spirit that the ARC was born. In 2002,
we changed our name to The Arc for the River Valley ("The Arc").
Our mission at The Arc is to
provide advocacy, education, and recreation for those with intellectual and
developmental disabilities. As a local chapter of The Arc for the United
States, we currently serve more than 450 members who live in Sebastian,
Crawford, Logan, and Franklin counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah
counties in Oklahoma.
We encourage you to explore
our website, check out our Facebook page, and visit our offices to learn
more about our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers as well as the
activities and events that we offer to individuals with I/DD and their
caregivers. We welcome new members, volunteers, and donations to support our
The Arc for the River Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with
federal ID #71-0511269.