The Arc Hamilton County

Our story

The Arc Hamilton County currently has one office in Cleveland, TN.  It was founded in 1953 by a small group of concerned and passionate parents and community members who would be catalyst for changing the public perception of children with disabilities in the Chattanooga area. For the past 60 years, They have continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face.  What began as a small group of concerned parents in the Chattanooga area has become an organization with hundreds of members and serves at least 11 counties in East Tennessee.  The Arc of Hamilton County is an active member of the Arc Tennessee and the Arc United States. 


Governed by a volunteer board of directors and managed by key staff at The Arc, we work passionately to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with an intellectual or developmental disability has access to the information, advocacy and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community.