The Arc of the Capital Area

The Arc of the Capital Area


Divine Canine Princess Buttercup Dumptruck brought smiles and laughter to Stephanie and Brandon during a recent visit to a class at The Arc of the Capital Area. Photo courtesy of Lara Popkess of The Arc.
We are partnering with the The Arc of the Capital Area to host a Transition Fair out at the Candlelight Ranch on April 23 that will provide resources for families with young adults with special needs who are transitioning out of school and gaining more independence in the community!

This will both act as a Family Day, no charge, with programming and an educational event with booths and speakers on local resources tailored for families with a loved one with special needs.

Check out the flyer to learn more!
A huge Paws Up! to everyone who supported this year's Bark for the Arc, which benefited both The Arc of the Capital Area and Divine Canines. More than a dozen Divine Canines teams greeted visitors at the event at Hopsquad Brewing Co. Special thanks to The Arc staff members and artists who did most of the hard work. Our pups worked hard, too, bringing smiles to people's faces.
See you tonight at Hopsquad Brewing Co.! You can support both The Arc of the Capital Area and Divine Canines. We promise the coolest original art you can imagine. Oh, yeah, we're prejudiced, because it's puppy themed.
Congratulations to the Divine Canines Therapy Dog Class of January - February 2022, our first after a two-year COVID suspension. Photo courtesy of Sherilyn Vineyard Photography Front row: Abby Cameron and Judy; Erin Van Landingham and Ms. Marvel (second Divine Canine); Cady McNerney and Blue; Natalie Smith and Maggie. Second row: Kayley Falls and Bear; Suzanne Scharlé, Cris Burton and Scout (second Divine Canine): Twila Hamilton and Ziva (second Divine Canine); Mike Pizinger and Scotch (fourth Divine Canine). Back row: Diane Sager and Ozzy (third Divine Canine); Heidi Armstrong, Dan Opdyke and Cheza (second Divine Canine); Jen Ramey and Princess Buttercup Dumptruck. Thanks to The Arc of the Capital Area for providing training space.
Not only are our friends at Hopsquad Brewing Co. hosting next Wednesday's Bark for The Arc to benefit Divine Canines and The Arc of the Capital Area, they were the first brewery to sign our agreement to participate in Barks for Beers 2022! Keep following us on Facebook as we announce this year's participants. The full roster will go on our web site,, late next week. #barksforbeers This year's dates are April 29 through May 31.
Don't forget! Bark for The Arc is coming up on March 2 and Hopsquad Brewing Co., benefiting Divine Canines and The Arc of the Capital Area.
My son’s name was added to the CLASS interest list when he was 3yrs old. He waited 12 yrs for his name to “come to the top of the list”, he was 15yrs old-he is now 19yrs old. As an older sibling to a brother with multiple and intense medical & IDD needs, I was fortunate enough to know about waiver interest lists when my son was young. He was served by the MDCP waiver for several years as a young child and by the mental health YES waiver (13-15yrs) when his name came up on CLASS. Thanks to The Arc of the Capital Area for sharing the information. #themoreyouknow
Talk about a photographer who's into her work! Sherilyn Reich Vineyard of Sherilyn Vineyard Photography has an intense conversation with Divine Canines Trainee Blue as she prepares to shoot one of our training sessions at The Arc of the Capital Area. Blue's presence courtesy of Trainee Cady McNerney. Photo courtesy of Divine Canines Board Chair Carmen Hernandez.
When COVID first started, Divine Canines became a pioneer in the art of online visits. This allowed Bailey to keep in touch with her many friends, including those at The Arc of the Capital Area. In her memory, they recently put together a touching tribute to her work.
PS -- Save the date (March 2nd) for Bark for the Arc, an annual fundraiser for the Arc and Divine Canines.
Divine Canine-to-be Blue was born blind, then lost an eye, but didn't lose any sweetness. Blue is excited to be in the current Divine Canines class, training at The Arc of the Capital Area. Photo courtesy of Volunteer Cady McNerney.
Divine Canine-to-be Maggie declares herself to be a 'wash-n-wear' Poodle. She also declares that her first day of Divine Canines therapy dog training was a huge success and fun, too. Thanks again to The Arc of the Capital Area for providing training space. Photo courtesy of Volunteer-to-be Natalie Smith.

Empowering Central Texans with intellectual & developmental disabilities since 1949 through case management and innovative programs. #ArcAustin

The Arc of the Capital Area, a non-profit organization, is committed to promoting independence and choice by providing individualized services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 04/02/2022

#ArcArtist Miranda is fun, upbeat, and a joy to be around! She brings that into her artwork, making the pieces whimsical and playful. Check out her work on Monday!

[Image descriptions:
1: Artist Miranda F. and pic
2: Miranda has an infectious laugh and a smile that brightens the room! Miranda loves to attend art lessons and follows along closely, taking in the lesson and making it her own. Miranda loves yoga and dance. She will often come to class with a song request and make sure we all have a boogie. Miranda likes to draw characters and use lots of bright colors; her style is whimsical and playful. Miranda is a joy to be around and brings her wonderful personality into everything she does.]


Timeline photos 04/01/2022

Despite a desperate community call to action and national movement for deinstitutionalization, 13 large isolating state institutions still exist here in Texas. It costs $292,008 per year per person to institutionalize. It’s important to give individuals with IDD the supports necessary to allow them to live independently and remain at home.

[Image description: Texas has the highest institutionalized population of individuals with IDD of ANY state. 13 large isolating state institutions still exist in Texas, and the State prioritizes funding these institutions over community-based care. How we are creating CHANGE. In 2021 we helped 563 individuals remain at home]

#Disabilities #Independence


Barks for Beers is 4/29-5/31! Get your tickets at and support free dog therapy!
#DogTherapy #PetTherapy #Beer

Divine Canine Frida reminds everyone that you can have a great time at 12 Fox Beer Co. even before Cinco de Mayo and Barks for Beers. But starting April 29 and running through May 31, buy your Divine Canines pint glass and Pawsport at any of our 30 participating breweries, and get a pour at each any time during the event. Proceeds support the FREE therapy dog services of Divine Canines. #barksforbeers Photo courtesy of Volunteer Carmen Hernandez.


Congratulations! You’re graduating high school this year! Now what do you do? Come learn about jobs, education after high school, guardianship, and more at our Transition Fair at Candlelight Ranch on 4/23! It’ll be fun for the whole family, with accessible zip lines, archery, sensory-friendly programming, community guest speakers, and lots more!
[Image description: Happy Graduation! what? Learn about education after high school, jobs, guardianship, ABLE accounts, and other important information for families or individuals with disabilities. Free & open to the public. Transition fair. April 23rd, 10am-3pm. Candlelight ranch.]
#Austin #TransitionProgram


Students at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center collected flowers, leaves, and other organic materials from outside. Students then arranged their natural materials onto a piece of paper and sprayed different sections of their paper with blue, yellow, and green water to create organic silhouettes! What can you make with nature objects as you #TakeAWalkInThePark? #Nature


Thursday is Performance Night! You’ll hear students’ stories, watch a speech by Lizzie M., and enjoy the many talents of the students! You can bring a song, dance, or poem when you come, and you can join in for the talent portion of the evening!
#Austin #Performance #TalentShow


Thank you for coming and making us smile, Princess Buttercup Dumptruck!
Divine Canines #DogTherapy #Dogs

Divine Canine Princess Buttercup Dumptruck brought smiles and laughter to Stephanie and Brandon during a recent visit to a class at The Arc of the Capital Area. Photo courtesy of Lara Popkess of The Arc.

What autism means to me: A personal story 03/28/2022

What autism means to me: A personal story

One man's personal take on autism, from his own story.
#ActuallyAutistic #Autism

What autism means to me: A personal story Autism means a lot of different things to different people. For me, autism is a part of who I am.

Timeline photos 03/28/2022

This lovely piece by #ArcArtist Katie J. is entitled Skybreak. You can get custom reprints of this and other pieces on!

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 03/26/2022

Meet #ArcArtist Katie J. She loves coming to The Arc and seeing friends, and she creates beautiful abstract paintings! Check out her work on Monday.

[Image descriptions:
1: Artist Katie J.
2: Katie is a bubbly, social artist who enjoys painting how she feels. Katie paints as much as she can and loves using colors that reflect her emotions for the day. When Katie isn't painting, she enjoys swimming at the pool and sharing her artwork with people and hearing what they have to say. She also enjoys the challenge of painting on larger canvases. Katie creates beautiful abstract paintings with acrylic paint and loves to layer her colors!]


Timeline photos 03/25/2022

Only 29% of adults with disabilities are employed. Want to help make significant change? Reach out today to partner with us on disability inclusion in the workplace. Info @ #FactFriday #Disabilities #Employment

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 03/24/2022

We’re excited to announce that we will be having a sensory-friendly Transition Fair on 4/23 at Candlelight Ranch ! There will be guest speakers, community organizations, and accessible activities for all, including mindfulness in nature, improv, archery, & hiking! Session topics include Navigating the Waiver Systems, Understanding ABLE Accounts, Employment after High School, etc. Let us know you’re coming to this FREE event here:

[Image descriptions:
1: Join us! Transition Fair. Sensory Friendly. Family Event. Saturday April 23, 2022, 10am-3pm. Location: Candlelight Ranch. Sign Up Now: for more information visit
2: Transition Fair. Discover our top picks of information sessions and learn from industry leaders in the area. [email protected]. Our awesome information sessions:
Benefits and more: Learn about Medicaid, SSI, Able Accounts and more!
Transition: education, employment and community after high school: What opportunities are there after high school and how to navigate them?
Guardianship alternatives: Guardianship can be beneficial for some, but is it the only option? We will discuss pros & cons to guardianship and what other options there are!
...And many more
The Arc of the Capital Area services. The Arc of the Capital Area offers a large portfolio of services! Come find out how we can support you and your loved one.
Candlelight Ranch: Outdoor Explorers. Come learn about Outdoor Explorers, a program designed to assist adolescents and adults with I/DD in getting active outdoors and learning about nature with peers!
3: Family activities. Check out the fun for everyone! Art, rock climbing, zip lines, visits with Comet and Astro [graphic of a horse], mindfulness with nature, archery, yoga, tree house fun, Backyard Bass, nature scavenger hunt, improv in nature. For more information: [email protected]]

#SpecialNeeds #Disabilities


How are you doing after the storm this week? Is everyone ok?

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 03/23/2022

We’re getting ready for our Performance Night! Join us on 3/31 from 6-7pm at The Arc of the Capital Area to see students share their stories and talents! RSVP to Luke at lwallens @ See you there!

[Image descriptions:
1: 4 people practicing for Performance Night at The Arc, one is bowing with outstretched arms.
2: Save the date. The Arc of the Capital Area Performers Present: Performance Night. March 31st 2022 6-7pm. To RSVP, sign up and/or for more information, contact Luke at lwallens @]

#Performance #Austin

Timeline photos 03/22/2022

One simple way to support individuals with disabilities, or anything else you’re passionate about, is to do your Amazon shopping on Just select your nonprofit of choice, do your regular shopping, and a portion of the proceeds will go to that nonprofit! We’re biased, but we think nonprofits that support Texans with disabilities are great candidates 😊

#Shopping #Amazon

Timeline photos 03/22/2022

Show of hands - who has been around The Arc long enough to remember this piece by Emily D. from almost a decade ago??

We are so proud of Arc Artist Emily D. whose paintings have been published in a "A Room of Golden Shells: 100 Works by Artists and Writers with Down Syndrome!"

Timeline photos 03/21/2022

It’s World Down Syndrome Day, a day to bring awareness and acceptance. Down Syndrome occurs when there’s an extra copy (full or partial) to chromosome 21. Learn more about Down Syndrome at
#DownSyndrome #WorldDownSyndromeDay


Tomorrow is International Day of Happiness. Tell us in the comments – what is something that makes you happy? It could be your dog, a flower, sunshine, a particular person, or whatever it is that is making you smile today.
#InternationalDayOfHappiness #Happiness

Timeline photos 03/18/2022

Today is Holi, otherwise known as the Festival of Colors. Enjoy this colorful piece entitled “Bangladesh Elephant” by Haji A. today!
#Holi #FestivalOfColors

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 03/17/2022

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Can you spot something green in each of these photos? Each month our Adult Case Management Program hosts socials where we laugh, play games or do activities, and eat food provided by the wonderful National Charity League, Inc.!

#StPatricksDay #Green

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 03/16/2022

We’ve been having fun at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Education Program! We have explored their Silvana exhibit, made faces by sticking nature objects to trees using mud, making sun prints, creating artwork, and having an outdoor dance party with the University of Texas Austin School of Nursing students!
#OutdoorEducation #Education

Timeline photos 03/15/2022

This gorgeous piece by Stephen R. is called “Fiery Poppies,” and it is so striking!

#Art #ThrowbackPic

Photos from Candlelight Ranch's post 03/15/2022

Save the date! Transition fair combined with a free Family Day at Candlelight Ranch on 4/23!
#Disabilities #OutdoorFun

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 03/14/2022

Meet #ArcArtist Stephen. If you come to visit The Arc, he is one of the first students you will encounter, because he loves welcoming new people, showing them around, and making them feel at home. Check out one of his paintings tomorrow.

About Autism - Autistic Self Advocacy Network 03/14/2022

About Autism - Autistic Self Advocacy Network

"There are lots of different ways to be autistic. That is okay!...ASAN advocates for a world where all autistic people have equal access, rights, and opportunities. Nothing About Us, Without Us!" - #Autism The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

About Autism - Autistic Self Advocacy Network Autism is a developmental disability that affects how we experience the world around us. Autistic people are an important part of the world. Autism is a normal part of life, and makes us who we are. Autism has always existed. Autistic people are born autistic and we will be autistic…

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 03/13/2022

Ariana R. and Erin R. have both been accepted as one of the 21 artists for the Madison House Autism Foundation “Autism After 21” Art Show on 4/21! The goal of this art show is to spread knowledge and awareness of the talents and abilities of adults on the autism spectrum.

“Madison House Autism Foundation is a national nonprofit which aims to promote, model and advocate for the full inclusion of adults with autism and their families in the life of our communities; and to expand choice and opportunity in housing, employment, and social participation.”

#Autism #AutismAwareness

What not to say to someone whose child is autistic - Reader's Digest 03/12/2022

What not to say to someone whose child is autistic - Reader's Digest

"Once I started talking to people about our children’s diagnoses, I quickly realised that these myths were even more common than I had first thought."

#Autism #AutismAwareness

What not to say to someone whose child is autistic - Reader's Digest Autism is widely misunderstood by the general public which can mean many parents of autistic children face ignorant questions. Here's what not to ask

Timeline photos 03/12/2022

“Heart” by Cindy A. was based on an art lesson about 20th-century American artist Alma Thomas. Learn more about Alma Thomas here:

#AlmaThomas #ArtEducation

Timeline photos 03/11/2022

We are thankful for social workers. You’ve probably benefited from their work and may not even know it. They have fought for Civil Rights, the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, mental health, independence for individuals with disabilities, and the list goes on and on. How have you been impacted by a social worker?
#SWMonth2022 #RightTimeforSocialWork National Association of Social Workers


Yesterday was International Women’s Day, so we wanted to highlight an Art & Education student who is an advocate for women. Go make history, Lizzie!

#WomensHistoryMonth #WomensDay


For parents of children with special needs: you're invited to an informational session conducted in Spanish about Medicaid Waivers.
Any Baby Can

Jueves 31 de Marzo, 12–1pm: Sesión informativa para padres de niños con necesidades especiales de información sobre los servicios de exenciones de Medicaid.
- con Any Baby Can y The Arc of the Capital Area


We are so grateful for our generous supporters who gave during #ILiveHereIGiveHere. Each gift will allow us to further our mission of supporting Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, employment, independent living, dog therapy, educational advocacy and transition services. Thank you to all who took part in this day with us and helped us raise $26,587!
I Live Here I Give Here


Our Story

When The Arc of the Capital Area was founded in 1949, parents of a child with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD) were often told their only option was to place their child in an institution. The Arc of the Capital Area was founded by parents of children with I/DD who knew that their children deserved the opportunity to remain in the community, attend public school, and access the resources and opportunities that were available to other children. Since then, our organization has worked toward a future in which people with I/DD have the same opportunities as others to pursue full and productive lives.The Arc of the Capital Area, a nonprofit organization, is committed to empowering Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through compassionate case management and innovative programs. The Arc of the Capital Area was formed in 1949 by a group of concerned parents trying to advocate for their children with disabilities. We are one of 31 local chapters of The Arc in Texas, The Arc is a national organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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4902 Grover Ave
Austin, TX

General information

As a Member of the Arc of Texas and The Arc of the United States, The Arc of the Capital Area is the oldest volunteer driven association in the country.

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

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