The Arc of Bismarck is a private non-profit advocacy organization formed in 1957 and incorporated in 1960. Originally founded by a small group of parents and stakeholders, The Arc has offered various services and supports over the years, constantly morphing to meet the current needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. The Arc of Bismarck values and works to improve community support and services, influence public policy at all levels, provide education and training for advocates, self-advocates, and parents, and achieve full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Through these efforts, the organization seeks to advance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families while instilling empowerment and teaching skills for advocacy.
The Arc of Bismarck’s mission statement is “To provide education, advocacy, and supports to children and adults with disabilities to foster empowerment and full inclusion in the community.” The Arc of Bismarck performs these activities to create a united community where everyone belongs.