The Arc of Tennessee ®
Who is The ArcTennessee?
The Arc Tennessee is a grassroots, non-profit, statewide organization on intellectual & developmental disabilities. It was founded in 1952 and is affiliated with The Arc United States. The Arc Tennessee is also a membership organization composed of people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, their parents, friends, and the professionals who assist them in reaching their goals.
The Arc Tennessee values diversity and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender, level of disability or Limited English Proficiency.
The Arc Tennessee advocates for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Through our family-based network of members and chapters, we support and empower individuals and families; connect and inform individuals and families; improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.
The Arc Tennessee (current name) was first organized in July 1952 when sixty-five parents met in Nashville, Tennessee at George Peabody College. Bylaws were adopted and on December 19, 1952 the association was chartered as a non-profit corporation under Tennessee Law. Read more about our long history written by Pat Butler here.