Information & Referral

We provide information and referral in response to telephone and web inquiries about services, resources, and issues related to developmental disabilities in both Union County and Cabarrus County. We provide information about educational issues and opportunities for children and adults, people's rights in school and community settings, transportation options, leisure and recreational activities, guardianship and alternatives, housing options, vocational and job opportunities, parent and family support, respite care, in-home support, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, faith communities, how to apply for benefits, futures planning, and various other requests. We attend IEP meetings at no charge, as long as we can arrange it to fit into our schedules. We make referrals to public and private agencies. We receive around 350 requests for information and referral each year.  Please call us at 704-261-1550 for more information


Aktion Club

In conjunction with the Monroe Kiwanis Club, The Arc has joined forces to sponsor a service club for adults with developmental disabilities, one in Cabarrus County and one in Union County. The clubs meets bi-monthly with an agenda to foster service to other charities in their local areas. Projects include canned good drives for Loaves and Fishes, holiday projects for area nursing homes, United Way member agency projects, Adopt-A-Street, and many other endeavors. The Arc provides support and meeting space for these individuals with developmental disabilities in the Aktion Club. For more information reach out to Steve McIllwain at 704-261-1550, ext. 103.



Accepting registrations now! Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities. The Sibshop curriculum is used throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Guatemala, Turkey, and Argentina. It is designed for children ages 8-13 who have a brother, sister, or relative living in their home who has special needs. Please call Shirese Palmieri at 704.261.1550 x 101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.


Circle of Parents

Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent support group program that gives parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. Our bilingual Circle of Parents group focuses on the successes and challenges of raising children from birth to age 5 with special needs.  Participants learn how to advocate for their children and how to parent in a positive way. They also build leadership skills and gain a network of support. For more information in Spanish, reach out to Nanette Vallecillo at 704-261-1550 x 106 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information in English, reach out to Amy Oster at 704-441-7029 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Circle of Parents is funded by and in partnership with Alliance for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, education and emotional development of children birth to age five. To learn more, visit or call 704-226-1407.


Wings for All

Many people with autism and other intellectual & developmental disabilities and their families have tried unsuccessfully or have not had the confidence to travel by air. The sights, sounds, and movement by thousands of people in a busy airport can be overwhelming. Wings for All™, a national initiative of The Arc, gives people with autism and other intellectual & developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in an airport rehearsal program to help them feel more comfortable with air travel.

Co-hosted by The Arc of Union/Cabarrus, Delta Airlines, and Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and in partnership with the Transportation Safety Administration, Wings for All™ is held each April in honor of Autism Awareness Month.