About The Arc North Florida

The Arc North Florida, Inc. is a membership organization providing advocacy, employment training and living services for people with disabilities in Suwannee, Hamilton, Lafayette, Columbia and Baker counties. As a community based and qualified 501(C)(3) charity, The Arc provides services to all adults with a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism. In addition many of our clients have visual, hearing, physical and emotional disabilities.

Founded in 1981, The Arc provides training and services to approximately 60 people in a five county North Florida area. A volunteer board of directors, elected by the membership, governs the agency.

History & Philosophy


At The Arc, individuals in our Adult Day Training program receive the necessary training to function as independently as possible and each client is provided opportunities to participate fully in the community. Program participants who have a stated goal of employment receive job skills training to enable them to make a successful transition to work.


At The Arc, we offer our clients the opportunity to live in one of three residential group homes where they receive training in the daily living and self-care skills necessary to become as independent as possible. One of these homes has a room dedicated to providing respite services to allow families and participants a break from the normal stress created by constant family care.