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The Arc of Southside 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.


We are currently on a journey to plotting a course to more inclusive services.  We are very proud of our history at The Arc of Southside, but we recognize we must change with the times and with the demand for better lives by the people we support. 


Our work is guided by our Position Statements on all of the areas affecting a person's life. 


To learn more about The Arc movement visit:  The Arc of United States at OR The Arc of Virginia at


Core Values of The Arc of Southside


People First

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have strengths, abilities and inherent value; are equal before the law; and must be treated with dignity and respect.  The Arc represents, supports and acts on behalf of individuals and their families regardless of level of disability or membership in The Arc.  The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people with the supports needed to make informed decisions and choices.


A democratic process involving members, through affiliated chapters, is utilized to take positions on important issues, policies and programs.

Visionary Leadership

The Arc leads by promoting the mission, core values and position statements.  We lead with integrity, accountability and by open, honest and timely communication.  We work with individuals, organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion.  There is a valued partnership with volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization that provides mutual support for their respective roles.

Community Participation

The Arc works toward and believes in the community imperative: that all people have the fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to live, learn, work, play, and worship in safe and healthy communities of their choosing.  The Arc has a responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of individuals.


The Arc values and insists upon diversity in its leadership and membership.  The Arc actively pursues and welcomes diverse groups (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and level of disability).

Integrity and Excellence

The Arc conducts its business with integrity.  The Arc reflects quality and excellence in all its work.