The Arc Knox County is a private, nonprofit agency, founded in 1953 with the express purpose of serving Knoxville area citizens with intellectual disabilities. It is affiliated with both the National Arc and the Tennessee Arc. The Arc Knox County is and has always been concerned about the right of all persons with disabilities to participate in programs and receive services as needed to achieve maximum personal, social, educational and vocational development. It is our belief that if appropriate programs are available, every individual with a intellectual disability can learn and grow, reaching increasing levels of self-fulfillment. This is a lifetime process that begins at birth and extends throughout a person’s life. Additionally, the Arc Knox County has been instrumental in educating the community with respect to those it serves and has worked to change the stereotypes so often associated with these individuals.