The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


Established in 1957, The Arc of South Carolina is the state headquarters of The Arc of the United States. The organization has four local chapters: The Arc of Coastal Carolina, The Arc of the Midlands, and The Arc of Oconee County.

Fundamental Ideas



The dignity and self-worth of every family/caregiver and individual are valued and respected, as evidenced through the appropriate resources, guidance, and support administered by the Executive Director, service coordinators, and administrative staff members within the organization.



Provides people-centered planning, services, and programs that focus on the holistic perspective of the individual and their families/caregivers.


Educates each region within the state about how inclusion, empowerment, and equality are imperative to improving the life status and well-being of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in South Carolina.



​Leads the charge in promoting disability advocacy and political involvement to our clients, families, residents, community leaders, and other key stakeholders in the state of South Carolina.

Core Values

People First

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value, not by their disability.


The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.


The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil, and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.


The Arc believes in self-determination and self-advocacy. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriaate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.


The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender, and type of disability).

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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.

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