The Arc of Southeast Iowa was founded in 1957 by a group of parents interested in the welfare of their children with disabilities. At that time, institutionalization for these children was the social norm, and this group of parents came together to advocate and support those families who wanted to raise their children in the home.
Throughout the years, the Arc has advocated and developed programming to assist caretakers who desire to keep their children and adults with disabilities in the home and community.
The Arc of Southeast Iowa actively listens to families, identifying needs, and creating programs to fill service gaps. The Arc of Southeast Iowa has stated throughout its history that all individuals with intellectual or developmental disability have the right to a life that includes opportunities for integration, normalization and consumer choice. This belief has influenced the Arc's direction and approach to service provision. The Arc's dedication to this belief is demonstrated every day by the community-based services it nurtures and supports. In view of the Arc of Southeast Iowa's history, we can look forward with enthusiasm to a bright future.