About Arc Northland

Mission Statement

Through advocacy, education, and support services, Arc Northland promotes and protects the human rights of people with disabilities and their families, while actively supporting full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime.

Who We Are

Arc Northland is a non-profit 501(c)(3), membership-based organization serving children and adults with disabilities and their families. We are affiliated with The Arc of the United States, a nationwide disability rights organization, which started in Minnesota in the 1950’s. It is now the largest disability rights organization in the country, with over 1400 local chapters nationwide.

Approximately one in five people in the United States has a disability that has major impact in their life. Approximately one in ten families in Minnesota has a family member with intellectual or development disability. Arc Northland exists to aid those families through the many services we offer. For over 60 years, we have been helping people with disabilities and their families overcome challenges and thrive in community life.

Who We Serve

Arc Northland serves over 500 people with disabilities and their families on an annual basis.

The four counties we provide support to are:

  • Southern St. Louis
  • Carlton
  • Lake
  • Cook


Arc Northland is a United Way partner and an affiliate of The Arc of Minnesota and The Arc of the United States.

Arc Civil Rights Compliance Policy

Arc Northland is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs, services and employment opportunities. This applies to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, testing positive for the HIV virus, disability, sexual orientation, age or legally protected status.

Position Statements

As an organization concerned about the rights of individuals with disabilities and their families, Arc takes positions on a range of issues. From physician assisted suicide to sexuality to housing to self-determination. These positions are periodically reviewed at the local, state, and national levels. Delegates to The Arc of the United States National Convention make the final determination to approve or modify position statements as needed.