For over 60 years, The Arc has been an advocacy organization made of members who support and defend the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities. That means that hundreds of members and interested friends have spoken up for those who can′t speak for themselves – children and adults with intellectual and related disabilities. Over time, that advocacy has brought people out of institutions and kept children and families intact – in the community.

The Arc of East Central Iowa is committed to community awareness and understanding of people who have developmental disabilities. Efforts to achieve this goal include activities like Candidate Forums, Legislative Day, the Annual Awareness month, an annual awareness walk (The Arc March) to promote community participation, letters to the editor, and presentations to community groups.

″Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.″

Margaret Mead