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Serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Norman, Otter Tail & Wilkin counties. Arc West Central 7 county region



How Can We Help You?

  • Individual and Family Advocacy
    One-on-one assistance is given to individuals and families in need regarding IEP's, guardianship, employment, and housing.Workshop
  • Parent Education
    Workshops are held throughout the year.
    See side panel for previous workshops.

  • Public Awareness
    Activities help create awareness about people with developmental disabilities and related issues.
  • Referral Services
    Information regarding other services that may benefit an individual.
  • Governmental ForumPublic Policy Advocacy
    Advocacy for current state and federal legislation affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Housing Access: Services & Coordination
    Assist people with disabilities that are eligible for long term care or state plan home care services and wish to move to a place of their own. This is for people who do not require a congregate living situation such as corporate foster care, or nursing home assisted living. Brochure.
  • Recreational/Social Activities
    Provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and
    their families to come together for socializing and fun.
  • Support Groups
    Provide parents an opportunity to network, share ideas & concerns, & extend support to other parents in similar situations.
    Sibshops provide kids
    ages 7-13, who have a sibling with a disability, with the opportunity to have a lively afternoon to meet other kids who have siblings with disabilities.
  • Networking
    Arc is a member of and/or involved with several committees at the local level, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Resource Library & Materials
    Our lending library includes updated materials on different disabilities via videotapes, books and pamphlets.
Previous Activities
Family Fun events such as:
  • Arc Carnival
  • YMCA Playstation
  • Picnic
  • Halloween party
  • Luau
  • Bingo
  • Children's Museum outing

Dances twice a month during school year in Moorhead

Monthly Arc Games & More

Special holiday dances in Fergus Falls

Christmas Potluck & Annual Meeting

Participants enjoying activities

"We have received important and valuable information through the Arc's educational workshops and hands-on information through trainings to mentor families, who, like us, need support and help, and through their advocacy services, give us the support we needed to stand up and advocate for our son and others. We can always count on the Arc"
Diane Brendemuhl, parent

Support Groups

Douglas County Autism Support Group & the Windmill Project. Sonja Kuhn

FM Autism Support Group
Rachel 701-371-7211 
2nd Friday of the month, Fargo Downtown YMCA.

"A" OK Fergus Falls Area Autism Support Group Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9:30-11am. Contact: Nicole 736-6189, Anne 998-3258, or Carrie 739-3590

Red River Valley Asperger Network/
Support groups

Gigi's Playhouse - Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Fargo
Library list   

Wahpeton Area Autism Support Group: Bethel Lutheran Church, 607 6th Street N, Wahpeton, ND. Contact War-ren/Anne Retzlaff 701-642-6733.

White Earth Autism Support Group (218) 983-3285Self -Advocates model for the Spring Style Show

Previous Workshops:

  • Get Set for Special Education (IEP's)
  • Supplemental Needs/Special Needs Trusts
  • Guardianship
  • Assistive Technology
  • Autism Issues
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Meeting the Needs/Resources & Funding
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Housing Options
  • Voting Your Values
  • Music Therapy
  • Budget Cuts
  • Funding Maze
  • Behavior
  • Paperwork
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Self Advocacy
  • Leadership Training
  • Special Needs Basic Care
Arc West Central
810 4th Ave. S, #134
Moorhead, MN 56560
Fax 218-233-0853

Updated 5/26/17

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