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  • Based in Memphis, TN, The Arc of the Mid-South is a non-profit United Way agency dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve their full potential. We are committed to providing advocacy and services which enable individuals with disabilities to realize their uniqueness, worth, and full inclusion in society.

    What started as a grassroots movement decades ago has blossomed into one of the largest disability-rights advocacy organizations in Tennessee. In early 1950, a group of parents and other civic leaders organized to promote the general welfare of citizens with disabilities. We were officially chartered by the Tennessee Secretary of State on November 2, 1950. Since then, we have pioneered and promoted programs that have great impact on individuals with disabilities.

    With the financial support of our members and sponsors, we are able to provide people with disabilities in the Mid-South with many important services, including advocacy, family services, and career development and job placement. Our members also enjoy other benefits such as participation in the affairs of the local, state and national chapters of The Arc of the Mid-South, discounted tickets to our annual Arc Benefit Gala, representation in local, state and national policy forums, opportunities to contribute their time and talent through volunteering, reduced cost at conventions, conferences and special training, and The Arc Appeal, our newspaper with up-to-date information on the organization and disabilities.

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Programs, Services & Opportunities

  • Advocacy/Volunteering Opportunities
  • Individual Family Support
  • Career Development & Job Placement
  • In-home Respite Care/Personal Attendants
  • Community Training and Education
  • Out-of-home Respite Care/Personal Attendants
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Provider Training
  • Day Camps
  • Great Adventure Club
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Weekend Retreats
  • Home Training
  • Residential Summer Camp