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Arc Special Olympics medalists

Our Services

Recreational Activities and Events

  • Computer Lab
  • Art Classes
  • Cooking Classes
  • Bowling
  • Holiday Dances/Parties
  • Special Olympics
  • Fishing Derby
  • Water Park
  • Movie Nights

Weekdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm, The Arc offers an in-office Computer Lab with internet access, educational programs, and games for our members.

Art Classes are conducted on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00am to 1:00pm, with members drawing, painting, and creating small handicrafts and holiday gifts.

Monthly Cooking Classes in the kitchen area teach valuable life skills. Snacks and drinks are always freely available to members at The Arc office.

Other learning and recreational activities are provided in our Social Living Room, using Wii and Xbox 360 gaming consoles as well as traditional board games and puzzles.

Members bowl with The Arc at Midland Bowl on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday afternoons at 3:00pm to promote hand-eye coordination, improve social skills, and provide physical exercise.

Special events sponsored by The Arc each month include the Mardi Gras dance, Halloween dance, Christmas party, water park, a Fishing Derby, Karaoke Night, Movie Night, and our annual "Bark for the Arc" dog walk and fundraiser. Many of our members proudly compete as athletes or participate as coaches in Area 4 of Special Olympics Arkansas in Aquatics, Track & Field, and Bowling.

Educational Opportunities

Many of our activities have educational components, particularly the Computer Lab and Cooking Classes. A recent gift from Gerdau will provide the foundation for a Library of learning materials for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers.

Advocacy

The Arc for the River Valley advocates on behalf of those with disabilities in our area. We are the local chapter (representing Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma) of The Arc of the United States: "With more than 140,000 members and more than 700 state and local chapters nationwide, we are on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community."

Arc Halloween Dance




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