The Arc of the Capital Area

The Arc of the Capital Area

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

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 t

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 06/15/2024

Sprinkling in some selfies of our besties' amazing smiles today! โœจ
Drop your Saturday selfie below and help us light up the feed with positivity and inclusivity! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ“ธ

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 06/14/2024

The Friday feeling is full force today! ๐Ÿงก
We hope you have a fantastice weekend! ๐Ÿ‘


As a dedicated guardian and supporter of a child with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), it's crucial to know your rights! The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that students with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education tailored to their unique needs.

Advocate for your student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and ensure they receive the right services through special education. ๐Ÿ“ข

Your child deserves the best, and it starts with knowing their rights and fighting for their educational needs!

๐Ÿ”— Learn more about your rights and how to advocate effectively, including how The Arc can support you!


Happy June! We're in a summer state of mind here at The Arc Austin and our Artists can't wait to get that summer glow. ๐ŸŒž
Stay tuned this month to see all the ways we'll be out and about in the community! ๐Ÿ‘€


Check out the smiles coming from our SoCo Campus!
Can you tell the Friday vibes are setting in? ๐Ÿคช

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/30/2024

We hope to see you TONIGHT at Cabo Bob's! ๐ŸŒฎ
Come hang out with The Arc team, grab a burrito or bowl and help support the IDD community. ๐Ÿ‘

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/29/2024

We are thrilled to share the latest from The Arc Austin! Our Community Services program has proudly supported 24 individuals through the legal process to determine the right guardianship options tailored for each person. While many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) can manage their affairs with help from family and friends, some need additional legal protection.

Guardianship is crucial to ensure these individuals aren't left vulnerable to financial, medical, or legal consequences they might not fully understand. Imagine someone being persuaded to sign a lease on a car or home without grasping the financial obligationsโ€”that's where guardianship steps in to provide essential protection.

Every transition into adulthood is unique, and our dedicated Community Services Case Managers work tirelessly to ensure each person has the resources, knowledge, and support they need to create the best transition plan for their future.

A heartfelt congratulations to this wonderful group of individuals on finding the guardianship solutions that work best for them. And a huge thank you to our case managers for their unwavering dedication and care. You're making a world of difference! ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/28/2024

Join us for a night of tasty bites and meaningful support!โœจ

We are thrilled to share that Cabo Bob's Rio Grande will be highlighting The Arc of the Capital Area during a special profit share night! On Thursday, May 30th from 5pm - 9pm, 34% of each purchase will be donated back to The Arc to support inclusion for the IDD community.

It's simple to make a difference! Just let the checkout team know you're here to support The Arc, and they'll log your meal in support of this incredible cause. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Bring your friends and family for a fun evening filled with delicious food and the joy of giving back. See you there! ๐ŸŒฏโค๏ธ


This Memorial Day, we honor and remember the brave individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

At The Arc Austin, we're incredibly thankful for their unwavering dedication and courage. Their sacrifices ensure that we can continue to strive for a world where everyone, regardless of ability, enjoys the blessings of liberty. Today, we stand together as one community, celebrating the diversity and strength that make our nation great. ๐Ÿ’™โœจ


Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/25/2024

Say cheese, it's Selfie Saturday! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ˜„
Our Arc artists are absolutely slaying the selfie game with their infectious smiles! ๐Ÿ˜ We can't help but show off these beaming faces because they light up our day and inspire us all to spread joy wherever we go.

Keep shining, lovelies!โœจ

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/24/2024

WOW- I don't know what's thriving more, our accessible gardens or our amazing clients! ๐Ÿคฉ
Happy FriYay from our Arc Artists- we hope you all enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ™Œ

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/23/2024

It has been a while since we've had an updated photoshoot with our amazing CLASS team! ๐Ÿ“ธโœจ

CLASS offers a life changing alternative to institutionalization for individuals with disabilities who need attendant care by helping them access the resources they need to live and work as independently as possible in the community.

This program provides one-on-one support through our dedicated case managers. They assist each person in setting their goals and navigating the tools needed to achieve them. Our CLASS case managers help obtain personal assistance with daily activities, individual skills training, physical, occupational, speech, and specialized therapies, adaptive aids, minor home modifications, and respite care.

Our CLASS case managers are a crucial piece of our agency, directly supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Austin area. We are so thankful for each team member and their continued commitment to their clients. Round of applause for the team making a difference, one client at a time! ๐Ÿ‘


Get ready for some seriously awesome events as we keep the 75th-anniversary celebrations going strong! Whether you're all about that art life, a champion for inclusivity, or secretly a golf pro (we won't tell!), we've got something for everyone in our anniversary lineup! ๐Ÿ“…

Want to be part of the action? Whether you're itching to show your support or ready to roll up your sleeves and volunteer, we've got countless ways for you to join the fun and make a real difference. Because at The Arc, we're all about coming together and spreading joy!

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the excitement and let's make this anniversary one for the books! ๐ŸŽ‰


For too long, people with disabilities have faced systemic inequities, limiting their access to opportunities and resources. In Texas specifically, these inequities make it difficult for people with disabilities to receive adequate health care and stay above the poverty line.

People with disabilities deserve to be included in every part of our community. Let's work together to make Texas a place where everyone can thrive as exactly who they are. Learn more about how you can step in and step up to support the IDD community right here in Austin by getting involved with The Arc of the Capital Area. Every bit of advocacy and support moves us closer to a truly inclusive Texas. Let's make it happen! โœจ

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/20/2024

Monday's are made for meditation and movement!
SoCo Artists are reminding us all that it is a great day to have a great day!

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/18/2024

Nothing beats soaking up the sunshine while enjoying a well-deserved break from the rain. ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ

It's the perfect day to stretch those legs, breathe in the crisp air, and appreciate the beauty all around us.
How are you spending your Saturday? Share your favorite sunny day activities with us in the comments! ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ‘‡

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/17/2024

Flashback to last Friday when all of the artsy vibes were just perfect at BFTA! ๐Ÿคฉ
Our team looked phenomenal, artists were unstoppable, and doggos were divine! We can't wait for the next event to show off more of our amazing programs. ๐Ÿงก

Did you visit Bark For The Arc? Drop some of your fave pictures below! ๐Ÿคช


A heartfelt thank you to our incredible community for coming out to Bark for the Arc and making it a night to remember! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ

From adorable dog paws to breathtaking masterpieces, the energy was electrifying and the love was palpable. ๐Ÿงก We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to showcase the creativity of our Austin-based Artists with IDD and to share their incredible talent with all of you. Your support means the world to us, and we appreciate each and every one of you who joined us in celebrating art, inclusivity, and community. ๐ŸŒŸ

Here's to many more moments of joy, connection, and inspiration together! โœจ

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/09/2024

Meet another shining star Arc Artist: Lilly! โœจ

With her infectious positivity and love for pups, Lilly is not just an artist but a ray of sunshine in our community! โ˜€๏ธ Her artwork is a reflection of her bubbly personality, always aiming to spread joy and happiness. From experimenting with new techniques to embracing fresh ideas, Lilly's creativity knows no bounds. But her greatest masterpiece? Her ability to uplift and inspire those around her. ๐Ÿ’–

Join us tomorrow at Bark for the Arc and let's celebrate Lilly's talent and bright energy together! Don't miss out on the chance to experience her artwork and share some smiles! ๐Ÿ˜Š


Join us THIS FRIDAY at Hopsquad Brewing Co.! ๐Ÿปโœจ
By sipping on one of our 3 speciality drinks, you're not just treating yourself, you're also supporting The Arc! ๐Ÿ™Œ

We want to give a huge thanks to our friends at Hopsquad for their incredible support of the IDD community. How often do you get the chance to give back while enjoying a beer? Don't miss out! See you there at Bark for The Arc! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿพ

RSVP Today!


Meet the incredible faces behind our Art and Education Team! ๐ŸŒŸ

We are beyond grateful for each member's unwavering dedication to our students and their craft. From collaborating with artists to fostering inclusive spaces, they pour their hearts into every session. Join us in giving a huge shoutout to our Art and Ed team! Whether it be Hutto, Leander or Austin, each isntructor is a huge piece of the puzzle! ๐ŸŽ‰

Come meet them and discover their passion for empowering the IDD community at Bark for The Arc on May 10th. ๐Ÿพ

See you there!


Mondays just got brighter with May's spirit of inclusion! ๐ŸŒŸ

Let's kickstart the week by celebrating diversity and embracing all voices. Whether it's a friendly smile, a supportive gesture, or simply acknowledging the uniqueness in each individual, let's spread kindness like confetti! ๐ŸŽ‰

Join us this May as we champion inclusivity in every aspect of our lives. Together, let's create a world where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. ๐Ÿ’–

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/04/2024

These clouds can't hide our shine! ๐Ÿคฉ
Today is and we have been celebrating every sunny day we can. ๐ŸŒค๏ธ
Have a great weekend!

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/03/2024

Only the best dance moves for ! ๐Ÿ’ƒ
Artists are groovin' straight into the weekend and we hope you have a great day! ๐Ÿ‘

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/02/2024

Next up for the Artist Spotlight is Arc Artist, Allen! โœจ

From cracking jokes to dancing along to Johnny Cash and the Beach Boys, Allen's energy is infectious! When he's not spreading joy, he's breaking a sweat with his Zumba-inspired workouts. ๐Ÿ’ช

BUT, his true passion lies in art, where his kind heart and determination shine through. From exploring new techniques like pointillism to creating stunning landscapes, Allen's creativity knows no bounds.

Join us at Hopsquad Brewing co. on May 10th for Bark Fro the Arc gallery sale and witness Allen's artwork firsthand! ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Don't miss out on the chance to add an inclusive masterpiece to your collection!

See you there! RSVP now:

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 05/01/2024

Check out some of our artists behind the scense prepping for Bark For The Arc! ๐Ÿคฉ

Come check out some of their paw-some creations while grabbing a cold drink and enjoying the best company. ๐Ÿ•โ€๐Ÿฆบ

RSVP Today!


Happy ! ๐ŸŒŸ
Here's a glimpse of our amazing ADCM team spreading smiles in the community while also empowering inclusivity! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿงก

Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 04/27/2024

Did somebody say ? ๐Ÿ‘€
We love seeing our Artists and Instructors out in the community with their selfie game strong! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿงก


Don't miss out on the chance to see one of our talented Arc Artists, Denise, in action! ๐ŸŒŸ
Mark your calendars for May 10th and join us at Bark For The Arc for an unforgettable day of art, community, and furry friends. ๐Ÿพ

Denise and many other artists will be showcasing their incredible work, so be sure to swing by and support their creativity! Plus, you can grab a drink, buy a painting, and, of course, pet some dogs! ๐Ÿ•โ€๐Ÿฆบ

It's shaping up to be an event you won't want to miss. See you there, and remember: be there or be SQUARE! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Photos from The Arc of the Capital Area's post 04/25/2024

With just 15 days left until BFTA, let's shine a spotlight on one of our fabulous Bark for The Arc Spotlight Artistsโ€”Marilyn! โœจ

Marilyn is a crochet wizard, weaving beauty with every stitch, and her heart is as warm as her creations. When she's not crafting, you'll find her finding solace in the garden or Screating memories with her sisters. Marilyn's hobbies and family ties reflect her caring and vibrant spirit. ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒผ

Come meet the lovely Arc Artist Marilyn and admire her incredible artwork at Bark For The Arc on May 10th at Hopsquad Brewery. ๐Ÿพ

We can't wait to see you there! RSVP Today:

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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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Austin, TX

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