Service, advocacy, inclusion, family, and community are what The Arc is about.

The Arc of East Central Iowa is a non-profit agency offering multiple programs and services in six counties in Iowa. We deliver high-quality programs that produce results. More importantly, we improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by epilepsy, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, ADHD, and brain injury.

We believe in building better lives for people with disabilities and their families. Our goals are to:

  • Provide services and supports that reduce barriers
  • Offer resources and referrals
  • Promote access to inclusive, community-based life

We are dedicated to making sure the services we provide meet the needs of those we serve today and look ahead to anticipate future needs.

Explore more about The Arc’s positions on quality of life, rights, and community inclusivity on our national organization’s website. Or, visit our most recent annual report to see how The Arc of East Central Iowa is making a difference in the communities we serve.

Who We Serve

Today, The Arc provides advocacy and services to thousands of individuals and families in East Central Iowa. We serve counties in east central Iowa including:

  • Benton
  • Cedar
  • Iowa
  • Jones
  • Linn
  • Northern Johnson

History of The Arc

Since our inception, we have worked closely with families in the community. The Arc of East Central Iowa started in 1953 when families came together to gain services for their children who were affected by what they called “mental retardation” and is now referred to as intellectual and related disabilities.

The Arc of East Central Iowa founders began by canvassing neighborhoods to learn how to address the needs and concerns of people with disabilities. Now, more than half a century later, we offer a variety of programs and services that help enhance the lives of people with intellectual and related disabilities.

Challenger Newsletter

See what’s new at The Arc with our Challenger Newsletter. Explore letters from our board, meet spotlight volunteers, see updates on recent events and activities, and check out photos of our guests, families, and consumers.

Leadership & Board of Directors

Meet our board of directors, leaders both in the community and within our organization, dedicating their time and talent to move The Arc of East Central Iowa forward.

Job Opportunities at The Arc

Join an enthusiastic, hard-working staff and group of volunteers working tirelessly to make The Arc of East Central Iowa an advocate for children, adults, and families in our communities. Job openings are available, and current Arc employees are eligible for referral bonuses!


The Arc of East Central Iowa is proud to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).