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About The Arc Jacksonville…

Our Mission is to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential to participate in community life.

Our Vision is a community where disability is a distinction without a difference, where individuals will have choices on how they live, learn, work, worship, and play.



Our History

The Arc Jacksonville has served our community’s citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1965. The organization began within a grassroots movement to provide educational opportunities for special needs persons who were not well-served by the public education system. Over the decades, The Arc program has evolved and expanded to offer a wide range of services today within community settings.

Today The Arc has an annual operating budget of $8.6 million, serves approximately 500 individuals daily and provides employment for approximately 150 staff members as well as service opportunities for 26 AmeriCorps and 6 VISTA members. Services are rendered from four locations and five group homes. In addition to the direct services provided through our programs, The Arc Jacksonville serves as a source of information and support for the entire Northeast Florida area through its advocacy program, called A.S.K. (Advocacy, Support and Knowledge).

The primary location of the agency is in downtown Jacksonville, in a multi-use complex of administrative offices, program and workshop areas and a packaging warehouse. An additional facility on the Westside provides similar programming.

A college program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is on the campus of the University of North Florida. The five group homes are nestled within the neighborhoods of Arlington, St. Nicholas, Ortega Farms and Mandarin. The Arc Jacksonville Village, the nations first residential community designed for adults with disabilities, is located on the Southside.