Our Mission Statement

Empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential.


Based in Memphis, TN, The Arc Mid-South is a 501c3 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. We offer a wide variety of programs and services for individuals with disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and other developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Our philosophy is to promote the public awareness of people with disabilities and their special needs. Like The Arc of Tennessee, we value diversity and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender, or level of disability.

Principle and Values

The Arc Mid-South is committed to providing advocacy and services which enable individuals with disabilities to realize their uniqueness, worth, and full inclusion in society. The Arc Mid-South's commitment is to all people with disabilities - including intellectual and developmental disabilities - and their families. The Arc Mid-South actively sows the seeds of information and understanding. The Arc Mid-South affirms the uniqueness and worth in society of all persons and will endeavor to empower individuals and their families.

Programs, Services & Opportunities

The Arc Mid-South offers families and individuals the following programs and services to enhance the quality of life for all:

Family Support Services

Career Development & Job Placement

Advocacy Services


Volunteer opportunities


 History and Progress

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 with a primary focus on intellectual disability. The Arc was officially chartered by the Tennessee Secretary of State on November 2, 1950. Since then, The Arc Mid-South has pioneered and promoted services and programs that have great impact on individuals with disabilities.
We started the first special education classes in both Memphis City and Shelby County Schools as well as group homes and the Adult Activity Center now known as Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS). 

A Tour of The Arc Mid-South (1950-Today), celebrating 70 years and counting of support and services

Through all the changes and growth, The Arc Mid-South has stayed true to the philosophy of promoting the welfare of all individuals with developmental disabilities.

Funding Sources

We are proud to be a United Way member agency.  To view other funding sources please click here

Funding is achieved through grants, individual contributions, memberships, and fund-raising events, as well as corporation and business sponsorships from such companies as Community Foundation, Assisi Foundation, FedEx, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Brown Missionary Baptist Church, Cummins, Konica Minolta, The Hershey Company, International Paper, Enterprise Holdings Foundation and TN Council of Developmental Disabilities. 


Arc is a prominent member of the Arc of Tennessee and The Arc of the United States.  Membership is tax deductible.  Please feel free to download a Membership Form or you can submit this form online to The Arc Mid-South.

Benefits of membership

  • Access to our Advocacy services
  • Reduced cost at any Arc convention, special event, or training
  • Opportunity to join a variety of insurance programs specifically for The Arc Mid-South members
  • Representation in local, state, and nationally policy forums
  • Opportunities to contribute time and talent through volunteering
  • The Arc Appeal, a quarterly newsletter with up-to-date information on the organization and the issues and concerns of people with disabilities.

Your Support Is Needed

To effectively continue our mission, we need your support.  You may make a donation to The Arc Mid-South by completing the donation form and returning it to the office or donate online.  All donations are tax-deductible. Upon receipt of your donation, you will be sent a letter and receipt for your tax records.  We appreciate your support. Through your donation, The Arc Mid-South is able to improve the services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Your Support through membership enables The Arc Mid-South to:

  • Offer guidance and support to individuals who need help
  • Monitor national progress made in education, employment, community living and recreation for people with disabilities
  • Encourage progressive legislation
  • Develop and promote effective programs and services
  • Promote and apply research to enhance independence
  • Provide the elderly with personal assistance and home care services
  • Educate the community on precautions that can be used to prevent developmental disabilities.

Please send donations along with your name, company name (if applicable), address,city, state, zip, and phone number.  The Arc Mid-South is always looking for motivated volunteers.  If you would like to become a volunteer, serve on a committee, help out in fund raising or as office support, or just give financial support, please include that information along with your donation to the address below:

The Arc Mid-South
3485 Poplar Ave., Ste. 210
Memphis, TN 38111
(901)-327-1197  (Fax)

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The Arc Mid-South proudly serving the Mid-South for over 72 years!