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The Arc Jacksonville in the News


4/28/2021 – Rehab tech at Wolfson Becomes Autism Role Model
Read The Florida Times-Union article

1/21/2021 – Shopability celebrates Jacksonville-area businesses that hire people ‘with all abilities’
Read The Florida Times-Union article

1/12/21 – More than 115 local nonprofits get help to compensate for COVID-19 safety costs
Read the press release from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

1/6/21 – McCall’s John Cooksey is New Chairman of Arc Jacksonville’s Board of Directors
Read the Pest Control Technology article

1/5/21 – The Power of The Moose. A Champion, A Jaguars Fan, and So Much More
Read the Good Deed Brigade Feature


2/8/20 – Preparing for takeoff in the working world
Read the Florida Times Union Article


2/11/19 – Program changes lives of workers with developmental disabilities
Read the News4Jax article


11/9/18 – Annual benefit celebrates good friends, jobs and a home
Read the Resident Community News article

9/17/18 – On Campus Transition offers College Experience
Read the UNF Journal article

7/9/18 – For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn’t Bring Much of a Break
Read the Sports Illustrated article

6/25/18 – Blake Bortles wraps up annual charity golf weekend
Read the News4Jax article

6/25/18 – The Arc Jacksonville hosts superhero-themed Job-a-Palooza
Read the News4 Jax article

6/22/18 – Jax Nonprofit Gives Kids With ‘Developmental Differences’ Glimpse Of Work Life
Read the WJCT articles

6/22/18 – Arc Jacksonville job skills events for students
Watch the CBS47 segment

06/14/18 – Bortles Visits The Arc Jacksonville
Watch the Jacksonville Jaguars video

03/28/18 – The Village is an inspiring success story
Read The Florida Times-Union Editorial

03/26/18 – Ultimate Attorneys 2018: Scott Baity of Baptist Health
Read Scott Baity’s profile from the Jacksonville Business Journal


10/30/17 – Viewpoint: First Coast business leaders set example for National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Read the Times-Union Viewpoint article

10/07/17 – Arc Jacksonville provides great hope
Read the Times-Union Opinion article

09/29/17 – Positively Jax Award
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of The Arc Jacksonville and President/CEO Jim Whittaker receiving the Positively Jax award

08/28/17 –  Connectable? campaign engages two communities
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08/16/17 – The Arc Jacksonville shows off new group home
Read the Daily Record article

06/14/17 – Berry Good Farms Caf? opens at The Arc
Read the article from the Daily Record

04/20/17 – Students with intellectual disabilities receive UNF diplomas:  No lines in the sand?
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1/7/17 – Giving Back: Like mother, like daughter
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1/5/17 – Conference to deal with special-needs issues
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12/6/16 – Resident News
Read the Ortega/Avondale/Riverside/Murray Hill Issue
Read the San Marco/St. Nicholas Issue

12/6/16 – Running of the Bulls 5K
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12/6/16 – A Village of friends
Read the First Coast Register Dinner with Bill & Friends article

12/3/16 – Running of the Bulls with Bakari Savage
Watch teaser | Watch segment

12/3/16 – Dinner raises a record $250,000 for The Arc
Read the article from the Florida Times Union

12/2/16 – First Coast Living Running of the Bulls 5K Segment
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12/1/16 – Arc talks about to Buzz

11/30/16 – WJXT-4 Running of the Bulls 5K
Watch the video

10/13/16 – Jaguars LIVE, Channel 4
Watch the story of CJ and Blake Bortles

10/12/16 – ULI Recognizes Real Estate Projects Across North Florida
Read the press release

10/11/16 – Newly opened Arc Jacksonville Village answers the call for independence, opportunity
Read the First Coaster Register article

09/30/16 – Transform Abilities on First Coast Living from the Home & Patio Show
Watch on First Coast Living

9/22/16 – Jaguars Quarterback Blake Bortles to serve as face of The Arc Jacksonville?s new campaign
Read the Ponte Vedra Recorder story

09/16/16 – Disabled Floridians wait and suffer
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08/23/16 – Student fulfills dream of going to college
Watch the story on First Coast News

07/28/16 – Tempur Sealy, Mattress Firm Assist Arc Jacksonville
Read more from BedTimes Magazine

05/18/16 – The Arc Jacksonville Village Opens
Watch the video from CBS 47

05/18/16 – Arc Jacksonville Village opens on Southside
Read the article from News4Jax

05/18/2016 – Jaguars’ Blake Bortles hosts ribbon cutting at Arc Jacksonville Village
Read the article and watch the video from Action News Jax

05/13/16 – Arc Jacksonville Village: Independent living and support for intellectual, developmentally disabled adults
Read the fill story from The Florida Times-Union

05/03/16 – The Amazing Team Bell
Read more in First Coast Magazine

4/27/16 – Arc Jacksonville Opens New Village
Watch the River City Live segment on The Arc Jacksonville Village

4/12/16 – Blake Bortles Charity Golf Tournament
Watch Blake Bortles discuss his charity golf tournament.

04/11/16?- Jacksonville Man Provides National Voice for People with Down Syndrome
Read the full article from Florida Times Union

03/15/16 – Jim Byard’s Inside Jacksonville

02/18/16 – Innovation Grant to The Arc Jacksonville
Read more on the JAX Chamber website

02/08/16 – Independence is key to achieving goals
Read the full article from The Resident Community News

01/18/16 – ‘Jacksonville in a Box’ takes off
Watch the video and read the article from First Coast News

01/18/016 – One of Us: Jonny Videl’s Jacksonville in a Box ‘spreading love of Jacksonville
Watch the video and read the article from The Florida Times-Union

01/15/16 – Nobody Left Behind: The Arc Jacksonville
Read the full article from The Coastal

01/13/16 – A Little Piece of Jacksonville
Read the full article from The Coastal

01/12/16 – Watch LOCABUY: Jacksonville in a Box
View the LOCABUY segment on Jacksonville in a box

01/04/16 – For 50 years, Arc’s been making disabled at home
Read the full article from The Florida Times Union


12/11/15 – Jacksonville in a Box
View the segment from River City Live

10/21/15 – Work Wanted: Carving out jobs for people with disabilities
Read the full article from The Florida Times-Union

5/27/15 – Who Decides Where Autistic Adults Live
Read the full article from The Atlantic

5/20/15 – First Coast Connect on WJCT FM:?2015 Election Results; Employ Me First; Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Listen to the EmployMeFirst interview begins at minute 34:30

5/03/15 – EmployMeFirst on Channel 4 News
Watch the full video on EmployMeFirst website launch

4/29/15 – Why hiring a disabled person might make sense for your company
Read the full article from the Jacksonville Business Journal

4/29/15 – New website launched for disabled job-seekers
Read the full article from The Financial News & Daily Record

4/29/15 – EmployMeFirst website to connect disabled with jobs: ‘They want the same things you and I want’
Read the Florida Times-Union?article

4/28/15– ‘Employmefirst’  Launches, Connecting Employees with Disabilities to Employers
Read the full article from JAX Chamber

4/20/15 -Transfrom Abilities will receive proceeds from Pratt Guy’s Grand Opening on April 25

3/28/15– Jacksonville’s Moira Rossi starts new business helping the disabled be successful
Read the Times-Union article

3/02/15– The Arc Jacksonville Joins Look Local
Arc Jacksonville on “Look Local” with Channel 4 news


12/07/14 – The Arc Jacksonville Running of The Bulls 5K
Watch the video on the CW17

11/15/14?- Affordable Housing Opens for Disabled Adults
Read the article in The Times-Union

11/06/14 – A chance for independence
Read the article from the Financial News & Daily Record

10/30/14 – A special community in the making
Read the article from The Times-Union

7/7/ 14 -Arc Advocating Futures
Read the article in Family Magazine

3/2/14-Hand-crafted furniture from salvaged materials helps build lives
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2/4/14– Kids with Autism get airport Test Run
Read the Florida Times-Union article


12/23/13– Independent Living for Disabled  to be Realized in Southside Neighborhood

12/13/13 – Funding for The Arc Village Approved
The Arc Village Press Release

10/30/13 – Disabled Artist Unveil works at Arc Jacksonville’s A.R.T. Exhibit

10/11/13 – Arc After Dark: Innovative ideas compete for $10,000 to help disabled adults
Read the article from Times-Union

7/19/13 – Director of Mental Health, William Adams, speaks in response to bullying
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6/21/13 – Disabled, advocates happy Florida ending use of R-word
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5/31/13 – Bernadette Moran is a voice for the intellectually and developmentally disabled
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5/22/13? – Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community
Read the article at Financial News & Daily Record

5/15/13? – Nonprofit CEO Showcase: Jim Whittaker
Read the article at Financial News & Daily Record

4/12/13 – Cheers for groups helping provide housing
Read the article at Florida Times-Union or view the PDF

3/21/13? – Removing the ‘R-word’ from law
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3/20/13 – Ending the ‘R’ word in Florida
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3/13/13 – Lead Letter: Rid ‘retardation’ from accepted usage
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3/9/13 – Ending use of the R-word in Florida

2/21/13 – Artists with disabilities work with surrogates to fulfill their visions
Read the article at Florida Times-Union

2/21/13- The Arc Jacksonville A.R.T. segment, Action News (CBS47 & FOX30)

2/16/13?- End the R-Word in Florida- Campaign of The Arc of Florida
Watch the YouTube video by Moira Rossi

2/13/13 – Florida activists working to remove R-word from state regulations

1/23/13 – Arc Jacksonville program boosts young disabled adults’ life skills
Read the article at Florida Times-Union or view the PDF


4/23/12 – Carrie McLaren: The most special need is simply acceptance
Read the article at Florida Times-Union

4/17/12 – UNF program offers students with intellectual disabilities full university experience
Read the article at Florida Times-Union

Fall 2012 – Program helps students transition to college
Read the article at UNF Journal Fall 2012