Get the latest news and research on Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Here.

The Arc of St. Lucie County is dedicated to making information easy to access for all of families and people we serve.

Here are a few documents you might find useful.

The Arc of Florida  works with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), prader-willi syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community. The Arc of Florida also works to reduce the incidence of and eliminate the consequences of developmental disabilities through education, awareness, research, advocacy and support of families, friends and the community.  The Arc of St. Lucie County is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of Florida. 

The Arc US is a tremendous resource for people wanting to know more about intellectual or developmental disabilities. They give a broader picture of what is happening at the national level.

The Arc US is a peerless advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), preserving and protecting their fundamental rights through advocacy and action in support of legislation for civil rights, employment, housing and supports. They connect people with disabilities, their families, professionals and others (like you!) to create hope, growth and change.

Scholarly Articles on Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

What is Spina Bifida?

Tell me about I/DD

What is Down Syndrome?

Healthcare for people with I/DD for healthcare workers

Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT)


Florida Council for Community Mental Health –

Florida Developmental Disabilities Counsel (FDDC) –

Centers for Autism Related Disorders:

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation –

Disability Rights Florida –

Brain Injury Association of Florida –

Florida Housing Coalition –

Social Security and Disability Resource Center –


Agency for Health Care Administration –

Agency for Persons with Disabilities –

Children’s Medical Services (CMS) –

Department of Education –

Department of Elder Affairs –

Department of Health –

Division of Blind Services –

Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged –

Florida Commission on Human Relations –

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind –

Online Sunshine (Florida Legislature) –

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Why Become A Member?

Your membership means The Arc can continue providing services, advocacy, and supports to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in St. Lucie County.  They are counting on us!  And we are counting on you!

By joining our network of more than 140,000 members and close to 700 affiliated chapters nationwide, you can be a part of the largest grassroots movement to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

As part of this network, you’ll be connected to others with and without disabilities who share your beliefs and your challenges. Self-advocates (an individual with I/DD), their family members, experts and professionals in the field and advocates and activists work together through The Arc to ensure that people with I/DD have the resources to meet their needs and live self-determined lives.


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