The Arc of Tuscaloosa County

Mission and Values

Mission Statement:  The Arc of Tuscaloosa County provides supported employment, prevocational, day habilitation and hourly services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who are 21 years of age or older and reside in Tuscaloosa, Hale, Pickens, Bibb and Greene Counties.  The agency maintains its position to advocate for the rights of all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and promotes dignity, respect, and choice for all individuals served.

People First

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.


The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.


The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.


The Arc believes in self-determination and self-advocacy.  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.


The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).


The Arc of Tuscaloosa County was chartered in 1957.  The program was originally designed to meet the need of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  From 1957-1969, The Arc offered classes for preschool and school age children who were being excluded from public schools.  The implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 began to address the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities receiving federal funds.  As a result of the regulation mandating a “free and appropriate public education”, these children began to be served in the schools.  Under Alabama state law, children with disabilities are entitled to services in the school system until the age of 21.  The Arc of Tuscaloosa County shifted its program emphasis to adults.

Board of Directors


Beeson Partlow, President
Martin “Marty” Naugher, Vice President
Retired VA Medical Center
Frieda Burroughs, Secretary
Retired RN
Morgan Akins, Treasurer
Jamison, Money, Farmer PC


Rick Dowling
The University of Alabama
Erica Barnes
Dallas County Cooperative Extension
Phyllis Belcher
Greene County Industrial Development Authority
Paavo Hanninen
Retired University of Alabama
Elizabeth Michael
University of Alabama
Barbara Kucharski
Retired University of Alabama
Judy Voss
Retired, The University of Alabama
Daniel Yu
Michelle Smart
City of Tuscaloosa
Tami A. Todd
Tami A. Todd, Law Office
Lynn Hopper
DCH Health System
Karen Burklew
Alabama Power
Morgan Kendrick
University of Alabama
Alison Hewson
University of Alabama
Payton Whitehorn
Reveal USA
We LIVE UNITED! Thanks United Way for having us sing yesterday at the Kickoff! We had a blast!!! August 15, 2018


The time is now to be a part of all the amazing things we are doing at The Arc of Tuscaloosa County. If you are interested in finding out ways to SERVE, DONATE or just be INVOLVED let us know.