Our Mission

The Arc Jacksonville serves and advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental differences to achieve their full potential and to participate in community life.

Our Vision

Individuals of all abilities enrich their communities and have quality options on how they live, learn, work, and play.

Vision of Opportunity

The Arc Jacksonville was founded in 1965 by a group of local parents and citizens who shared a common vision: a world where individuals with intellectual and developmental differences would enjoy full and independent lives brimming with opportunity, promise and purpose.

Since then, The Arc Jacksonville has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals and families, pioneering innovative new approaches and serving as a catalyst for change. From our grassroots beginnings, we have flourished into a respected community partner that serves more than 500 individuals a day—offering a full range of education, employment and advocacy services that empower individuals to achieve their full potential.

Empowering the Possible

At The Arc Jacksonville, the individuals we serve want what we all want. A place to call home. A good education. Meaningful employment. A supportive community with opportunities for socializing, recreation and independence. Whether they are working at jobs in the community, learning how to live independently or participating in a variety of recreational programs, our participants enjoy a full range of life experiences in a nurturing and supportive environment.


  • Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence (2016)
  • Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award (2017)
  • Agency of the Year, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida’s Ripple Effect Awards (2017)
  • Positively Jax (2017)
  • Outstanding Neighborhood of the Year – Great Little Neighborhood Award (2018)