Local Action Makes A World of Difference

The Arc Executive Direct, Mark Swain

This century will bear witness to the biggest historical changes for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). We are now just beginning to see the real capabilities of people with I/DD as they impact the arts, public service, the workplace, politics and culture. We see folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities playing larger, more influential roles in our families and communities. People with I/DD are on the move, developing more meaningful roles by demonstrating a strong ability to make positive and enriching contributions to our society. We’re witnessing history!

Help make a ‘world’ of difference by supporting ‘local’ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Achieve with us. Support the Arc of Alachua County.

The Arc of Alachua County – serving folks locally for over 50 years.

Coming Soon: ‘Arc Gala IV - Bowden & Bowties’

Gala IV Poster

Former FSU football coach and sports legend, Bobby Bowden, headlines Arc Gala IV on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

This year’s Gala, a fundraiser for The Arc of Alachua County in support of its mission of providing exemplary services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, takes place at the beautiful Fine Arts Hall on the Santa Fe College campus and runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that evening.

Coach Bowden will take photos with sponsors, donors and guests from 5 – 6 p.m. and then will regale friends and fans with stories of his upbringing, his faith, and his career in an interview with The Arc’s Mark Johnson from 6 – 7 p.m. After Coach Bowden’s talk, Arc Gala IV swings into action with food and beverages from Dos Mama’s Catering and a formal dance featuring live music from Aaron Colverson and his orchestra. We are looking for event, banner and ticket sponsors to ‘Arc Gala IV: Bowden & Bowties’ and folks who are interested can click on the orange button below to gain access to Arc Gala IV event page, which includes details on sponsorships and tickets, as well as the sponsorship/ticket packet.

We urge all ‘Noles and all ‘Friends of Arc’ to join us on Saturday evening, January 6, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Hall for an evening filled with fun, food, fellowship and fond memories from a living legend – Coach Bobby Bowden. As always when it comes to the Gala, contact Dr. Mark Johnson at The Arc, 352-334-4060 ext. 127 or at mjohnson@arcalachua.org for more details or to purchase your tickets and sponsorships. You can also click on the link on the event page to Santa Fe College’s Fine arts Hall website and purchase tickets on-line.

Join us for Arc Gala IV: Bowden & Bowties – you won’t be disappointed!

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The Arc of Alachua County’s LiveScan Fingerprinting, Screening & Photo Capture Service is Open For Business!

The Arc of Alachua County offers LiveScan digital fingerprinting services, screening and photo capture services, each workweek, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you need fingerprinting done fast, local, and at a reasonable cost, please call The Arc at 352-334-4060 ext. 106, or simply ‘walk-in’ during regular business hours and we will accommodate your requests for fingerprinting, photo capture and screenings.

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  • Agency for Healthcare Information (AHCA)
  • The Department of Children & Families (DCF)
  • The Clearing House for AHCA
  • Volunteer & Employee Background Service (VECHS)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
  • Local School System
  • and more...

For more information about The Arc's LiveScan service, click on the LEARN MORE button below.

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The Arc of Alachua County in Words & Music:

‘Celebrating Ability – Creating Opportunity’

The Arc Singers

You may not know it yet, but The Arc of Alachua County has its own audio brand, or jingle. The Arc jingle debuted at Arc Gala III and was sung by none other than our own Arc Drama Troupe under the direction of Arc staffers Travis Couillette and Karen Madden.

Emphasizing The Arc’s creed of ‘Celebrating Ability & Creating Opportunity,’ our more theatrically-inclined clients brought audience members to their feet at the Gala with the jingle that truly epitomizes our desire to see all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities become fully integrated into our community.

We hope that our jingle ‘rings true’ with the folks in the community and becomes associated with our mission, our clients, and our brand. Together, all of us are helping to ‘Celebrate Ability & Create Opportunity’ for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


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.

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.

Who Is The Arc

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.

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".

Due to the overwhelming demand for free Gone4Ever shredding services on Wednesdays, The Arc will limit free shred Wednesday to the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH and limit each household to one banker’s box, or roughly 27 lbs. of paper, per free shred Wednesday, per month. 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 it, but for you it is securely Gone 4 Ever!

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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