Local Chapters in Tennessee

Chapters of The Arc vary in the supports and services that they provide within their communities depending on local needs and priorities. In all communities, The Arc serves as an advocate, working to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in their home communities and are enabled to make the choices that affect their lives. Local chapters and their service areas are listed below. For this listing in Acrobat Reader click HERE.

The Arc Anderson County in Oak Ridge (serving Anderson, Roane and Morgan Counties)

Buffalo River Services (serving Wayne, Giles, Hickman, Lewis, Lawrence, Maury and Perry Counties)

The Arc Coffee & Moore Counties in Tullahoma

The Arc Cumberland County in Crossville

  • President: Glenda Bond
  • Business Coordinator: Joshua Hudgins
  • Phone: (931) 456-0206
  • Fax: (931) 707-8997
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • The Arc Cumberland County has merchandise for sale with The Arc logo. Items, prices and where to order can be viewed HERE.

The Arc Cumberland Valley in Hendersonville (serving Wilson, Macon, Sumner and Trousdale Counties)

The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville (serving Davidson, Bedford, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery and Robertson Counties)

Developmental Services of Dickson County in Dickson (serving Dickson, Houston and Cheatham Counties)

The Arc Hamilton County in Chattanooga (serving Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie, Rhea, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe, Bradley and Polk Counties)

The Arc Hickman County in Centerville

  • President: Bea Jobe
  • Phone: (931) 670-4995

The Arc Knox County in Knoxville

  • President: Jordan Spadling
  • Executive Director: Judy Wohlwend
  • Phone: 865-546-9431
  • Fax: (865) 546-5536
  • Website

The Arc Mid-South in Memphis (serving Shelby, Tipton, Fayette and Lauderdale Counties)

The Arc Rutherford County in La Vergne

The Arc Washington County in Johnson City (serving Washington, Unicoi, Carter, Johnson, Greene, Cocke, Hawkins, Hamblen, Jefferson, Grainger, Hancock, Sullivan and Union Counties)

The Arc Williamson County in Franklin

Chapter Services

The Arc Tennessee works to build and support strong local chapters of throughout the state.  We provide technical assistance, training and support to all affiliated local chapters, including:

Services Updates – on state disability services, changes in state agencies’ governance, plans and procedures impacting Tennesseans with disabilities

Legislative Advocacy and Updates – up-to-date information on issues before the State legislature and bills that affect the lives of people with disabilities

Public Awareness – quarterly newsletter, newspaper clipping service, awards program

Board Orientation – for new local chapter representatives on The Arc of Tennessee board of directors

Strategic Planning – PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) practical, easy, fun way of developing goals and objectives for local chapters

New Chapter Development – help with government forms, writing charter of incorporation, Bylaws, 501c3 non-profit paperwork, policies and procedures; and The Arc affiliation requirements

Affiliation Compliance – technical assistance and support to help chapters maintain affiliation with The Arc by meeting certain fiscal, membership and reporting requirements

Membership Processing – maintenance of a statewide membership database, transmittal of local chapter members to The Arc US

Individual Advocacy, Information and Referral – assistance to families who seek help navigating the education and service delivery systems

Disability Days on the Hill – set days and times where people with disabilities and their family members meet with their legislators to discuss issues that affect their lives

Tennessee Disability MegaConference – offers sessions for self-advocates, families and professionals that introduces them to new ideas and refines their skills; offers opportunities for networking; and provides “hands-on” activities and displays of disability products and services

If you would like to form a local chapter of The Arc in your county, contact Peggy Cooper.

MEMBERSHIP PROCESSING Template and Guidelines can be downloaded from the links below:

Membership Powerpoint Presentation (in Acrobat Reader)
Instructions on How to Process Membership Electronically (in Acrobat Reader)
NEW Members Template (in Excel)
RENEW Members Template (in Excel)
CHANGES Template (in Excel)