Guiding Principles Participatory Democracy

The Arc acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents, siblings, family members and other concerned members of the public have meaningful opportunities to inform and guide the direction of the organization’s advocacy, including determining policy and positions on important issues.  The Arc strives for diversity in its leadership, as well as in all facets of the work of the organization.

Visionary Leadership

The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and catalyzes public and private support in realization of that vision through carefully planned and well-executed goals, strategies and actions.

Public Interest

The Arc represents the public interest, supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families regardless of the type of disability or membership in The Arc.


The Arc works with individuals, organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion. The Arc values and promotes effective partnerships between volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization.

Transparency, Integrity and Excellence

The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication. The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.

Your Arc At Work:




  • Have the power to learn

  • Are curious & creative

  • Can succeed

No two people have exactly the same skills or learning style. That’s why we create an individual learning plan for every person. The Arc combines direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one teaching in a way that works for each individual.

Because you care, we can.  We can accomplish much when we work together.  We believe we have much to offer to our community.  You help make those dreams a reality.

Thank You


The South Talladega County Association for Retarded Citizens (The A.R.C.) was formed by a group of concerned citizens.
The initial role of The A.R.C. was that of advocacy.


The A.R.C. provided matching funds, $12,500.00 to Cheaha Mental Health Center (CHMC) to operate this program.
A fund raiser, Sunshine Saturday, began as a means of raising the matching funds for this program.  Sunshine Saturday became a tradition in Sylacauga.


The A.R.C. started a 3-day a week adult program.  

Vision Statement: The Arc of South Talladega County provides services and supports that inspire individuals with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities, their families and members of their support team throughout their lifespan.

We believe that all people are valued members of their community with equal rights.  Everyone needs the opportunity to make choices and develop mutual, lasting relationships.  Each individual is appreciated and respected for their abilities.

Services provided by The Arc will be individual and family driven, proactive and creative in response to individual needs.

The Arc promotes family unity by natural supports and a community support system which will enhance the quality of life of citizens with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities in our community.

A Brief History of The Arc of South Talladega County

The board and staff of our local Arc chapter want you to know how much we are appreciative of your love and support.  Without you we could not be successful.

Family Support Issues

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The Arc of South Talladega County

We often believe it is the families responsibility to provide aide, teaching, training, and instruction to the mentally disabled.  In fact more than 65 million Americans serve as 24 hr caregivers of a loved one.  Most of these caregivers provide 40 to 80 hours of care per week.

These caregivers have few places to turn for aid and assistance.  The Arc is a place for local caregivers to receive assistance.  The Arc of South Talladega County serves those who were born or obtained a mental dissorder prior to their 18th birthday.  Contact us today to see if your loved one qualifies.