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1. What are intellectual disabilities?

Sometimes referred to as cognitive disabilities, intellectual disabilities are characterized by below average intellectual ability (an IQ of 70 or less) and deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors with onset before the age of 18. The term “mental retardation” has also been used to describe this disability.

2. What services does The Arc of Madison County offer?

For babies ages birth to 3 years old, the Infant Toddler Program offers therapy services, case management, family training, and support.

For adults with intellectual disabilities, The Arc of Madison County offers day habilitation services, residential services, therapy services, and supported employment services.

3. How does someone qualify for services?

To qualify for our Infant Toddler Program, a child is referred to us through the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Early Intervention System. After referral, a child is given a developmental assessment that determines the amount of delay in his/her development. If the delay is over 25% or if the child has a diagnosis that is likely to result in a delay, the child qualifies.

For The Arc’s adult services, a waiting list is held by the Madison County Mental Retardation Board. They are the single point of coordination for services in Madison County. The person must meet the definition for intellectual disabilities to qualify.

4. Who do I contact for services?

For children under age 3, you should contact Early Intervention Child Find at 1-800-543-3098 (or TTY 800-499-1816) or call the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services at 334-281-8780.

For adult services, contact the Madison County Mental Retardation Board at 256-837-5777.

5. Is Arc an acronym?

It was early in the formation of our organization. Our national organization changed from the acronym, ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) to Arc which is not an acronym. The Arc aligns with the national organization of the same name.

6. Why isn’t the term “mental retardation” used anymore?

To some, the term “mental retardation” may have negative connotations or be perceived as offensive. When referring to our clients, we prefer to use “people with intellectual disabilities.” You should always refer to the person first. For example, don’t say “disabled person.” Say “a person with a disability.”

7. Is The Arc a national organization?

Yes. The Arc of Madison County is affiliated with The Arc of the United States and The Arc of Alabama.

8. How is The Arc of Madison County funded?

The majority of our funding comes from Medicaid through our contract with the Alabama Department of Mental Health. We receive matching funds from the State of Alabama through the Special Education Trust Fund and the Department of Mental Health. United Way of Madison County also provides us an allocation that is used to match Medicaid funds. These sources provide most of the funding for our adult programs. We receive funding from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services for both the Infant Toddler Program and the Madison Area Supported Employment Program. Funding for lunches for our adult day habilitation clients comes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Proceeds from The Scherer Memorial Golf Benefit are also an important source of funding for The Arc of Madison County, as well as other grants and contributions from public and private sources.

9. What can I do to help The Arc of Madison County?

There are many ways you can help The Arc and the clients we serve. First, check out our wish list on our home page. This lists some of our immediate needs. Second, financial support is always appreciated. As a 501(c)3 organization, your donations are tax deductible. You could give through our annual fundraiser, The Scherer Memorial Golf Benefit, through United Way, through the Combined Federal Campaign, or by mailing a check in to our office. Check to see if your company has a matching program where they match your contribution. Your gift could be doubled! You may also contribute to The Arc Foundation of Madison County to make a lasting impact for our clients.

10. What volunteer opportunities are available?

If you would like to volunteer with people with disabilities, one option is through Special Olympics. The Arc has a volunteer who works in our office who would be happy to put you to work. You may call The Arc at 256-539-2266 and ask for the Special Olympics coordinator.

Another option is to volunteer through a local civic organization. They provide activities and offer service projects to help our clients.

The Arc of Madison County does not have volunteer opportunities available to work directly with adult clients without staff present. Our licensing requirements include extensive training that makes it infeasible for us to have direct support volunteers.

11. What is The Arc Foundation of Madison County?

The Arc Foundation of Madison County was organized to support the work of The Arc of Madison County. A gift to The Arc Foundation is invested and the proceeds are used to benefit the programs and services of The Arc of Madison County. The Arc Foundation can accept gifts of stock, vehicles, real estate, and other donations.

12. What are your locations and hours of operation?

Main Office & Day Habilitation Center
Civitan Opportunity Center
1100 Washington Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Monday – Friday 6:30 – 4:30 program hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:30 office hours

Day Habilitation Center
Lowe Center
2300 Washington Circle
Huntsville, AL 35810
Monday – Friday 6:15 – 4:00 program hours

Day Habilitation Center
McKemy Center
312 Cahill Drive Suite E
Huntsville, AL 35810
Monday – Friday 6:00 – 4:00 program hours

Ribbons Unlimited
(Store for printed ribbons & napkins)
312 Cahill Drive Suite C
Huntsville, AL 35810
Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:30 store hours

Early Intervention Services
Infant Toddler Program
312 Cahill Drive Suite A
Huntsville, AL 35810
Monday – Friday

Supported Employment Services
Madison Area Supported Employment Program
312 Cahill Drive Suite B
Huntsville, AL 35810
Monday – Friday

Residential Group Homes
Various locations in Madison County
Hours of operation – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Our Wish List

  1. Stackable storage tubs with lockable lids
  2. Wii games & game systems
  3. Towels & washcloths
  4. CD players
  5. Leapsters
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