Our History – The Arc Big Bend

Arc Big Bend History - Serving Individuals with I/DD for over 40 years

Our History – The Arc Big Bend

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Arc Big Bend History - Serving Individuals with I/DD for over 40 years

The Arc Big Bend was created in 1974 when a group of local advocates wanted to make a change in the lives of individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disorder diagnosis. At that time, we were named the Arc of Madison, and later changed to the Arc of Madison Jefferson as our service area grew. Over time, our service area expanded even further and our organization found it necessary to change our name to encompass all of the services we provide over a multi-county region – The Big Bend of Florida.

Image of a sign with the words "past," "present," and "future."The Arc Big Bend has always been open to providing the services our communities need. Throughout the years, we have provided services through Adult Day Training, Supported Living, In-Home Supports, Supported Employment, and Rest Area Jobs. Today, our services have shaped into Life Skills Development, Employment Services, Supported Employment, Discovery, Youth Transition Services, Advocacy Services, and Rest Area Jobs. Just like in the past, we continually look for additional services and programs we can offer the individuals in our local region that will help them lead a more meaningful and independent life.