Take A Look At Us

I am sure it is no surprise to you, but people always want to know what we have been up to around The Arc and at our events. Our followers on facebook get to see quite a few or our pictures, but the rest of you are left in the dark.

Well even though everyone should be our fans on facebook, we still decided to put up a gallery of images to show some of the highlights from the major events we have had this year.

Every year we hold several events we consider picture worthy. But dont worry, you will probably see some other, "non event" pictures sneak in as well. If you have a good picture you would like to share, stop by The Arc and let us scan it and share it as well.

We hope to keep the new gallery up to date throughout the year, so check back and enjoy.

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Who Is The Arc?

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment. We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

Over the last 60 years, The Arc has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. Through the decades, The Arc has seen several name changes, advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations.

Although much has changed for those that we serve, we always try to raise awareness, supporters, and always help improve the lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.


The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

We Recycle!

Did you know that The Arc recycles. We recycle almost anything you can think to recycle. We recycle paper, glass, aluminum and even electronics and "e-Waste".

Under the business name, Gone4Ever Recycling, we are Gainesville, Florida's price leader in secure document destruction and shredding. Even offer Free Shred Day every Wednesday. Free Shred Day is open to all area residents to bring in the documents they would like securely destroyed for FREE. Businesses only pay $0.19 per pound as well.

Paper Shredding in Gainesville; we may recycle, but for you it is securely Gone 4 Ever!

The Arc Is Proud To Be Tobacco Free

The Arc of Alachua County is proud to be Tobacco Free. From its embryonic beginnings over one year ago, The Arc of Alachua County’s Tobacco Free initiative, with a great deal of guidance and assistance from Florida’s Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida and Tobacco Free Alachua, has finally reached its goal. The Arc was presented with its Tobacco Free plaque in a formal ceremony on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 2 p.m. at The Arc of Alachua County’s main campus, 3303 NW 83rd St., Gainesville. Although the process of becoming Tobacco Free was a challenging one…” stated The Arc’s Human Resources Director Danielle Azar, a year of surveys, work groups, health fairs, smoking cessation classes and education of staff and clients has “…really paid off in terms of greater awareness of the hazards of all forms of tobacco.” The Arc of Alachua County, which serves 275 clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities each and every day, is proud to dedicate itself to a tobacco free environment and saving the lives of staff, clients and supporters. Not only will the Arc’s main campus at 3303 NW 83rd St. in Gainesville remain Tobacco Free, but our fourteen (14) group homes located throughout the City of Gainesville and Alachua County will also adopt a smoke-free and tobacco-free policy. Our dedication to a Tobacco Free Environment is in perfect alignment with The Arc’s mission and will certainly further our goal of helping to keep our clients and staff healthy, happy and tobacco-free.

“Look for the beautiful blue Tobacco Free signs marking The Arc’s commitment to a healthy, tobacco free environment. Look for these signs not only on our main campus, but in our group homes as well. We encourage other organizations and institutions to contact ‘Tobacco Free Alachua’ and begin the journey to a healthier, happier workplace. The Department of Health and Tobacco Free Alachua should be commended for its dedication and advocacy on this paramount public health issue. They certainly have helped The Arc become a healthier place for residents, staff and visitors. We are very appreciative,” said Steve Drago, Director of The Arc. Elizabeth Wood, Chair of the Tobacco Free Alachua community partnership, echoed Mr. Bradley’s sentiments when she commented “The Arc of Alachua County is to be commended for setting a good example for other businesses and non-profits to follow. The Arc’s new tobacco free grounds policy is making possible a healthier, more supportive environment for all its staff, visitors and clients. Research verifies that seventy percent (70%) of smokers want to quit. A supportive workplace policy, like the one instituted by The Arc, doubles the chance that they will achieve their goals.”