Cabarrus County

The Arc of Cabarrus County became its own 501(c)(3) in 1971. In 2013, The Arc of Cabarrus County merged with the Arc of Union County to become The Arc of Union/Cabarrus.  We have had a rich history of providing advocacy services to the residents of our county ensuring that people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are included in the community. 

Below is information about specific services provided in Cabarrus County. For a full listing of our services, please visit our services page

Information and Referral

We provide information and referral in response to telephone and web inquiries about services, resources, and issues related to developmental disabilities. 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 Behavioral Healthcare, faith communities, how to apply for benefits, futures planning, and various other requests. We make referrals to public and private agencies. Contact our office at 704-261-1550.

Aktion Club

In collaboration with local Kiwanis Clubs, The Arc leads a self-advocacy group in Cabarrus county. This Aktion Club is a service organizations for adults with developmental disabilities. Members hold leadership positions within the club, make decisions about their own activities, and conduct 8-10 service projects per year in their community. The Aktion Club meets monthly for business/planning meetings and then at various other times for additional service projects, fun outings, educational workshops, and regional conferences. The Arc handles meeting space arrangements, all back-end functions such as insurance, fund development, and partner collaborations, and provides a trained staff member who facilitates the Aktion Club, manages & supports volunteers, and ensures the Club members’ projects & ideas come to life.

The Cabarrus Champions Aktion Club usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 6:00pm at the Cabarrus Senior Center. Contact Steve McIllwain at 704-261-1550 ext. 103 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about Aktion Club activities.

*Please note: All in-person meetings are temporarily halted due to COVID-19. For information and links to virtual Aktion Club meetings during this time, contact Steve McIllwain at 704-261-1550 ext. 103 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

First In Families of the Southern Piedmont

We serve as the housing agency for a local FIF chapter. First In Families (serving Union, Cabarrus, Stanly, Rowan, and Davidson counties) is a family support initiative operated by a family/consumer management team, providing supports to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their family member(s). We have the funding and ability to provide small grants (as our funds and policies allow) to qualifying individuals to distribute funds for emergency expenses, special equipment or non-covered medical needs. We also leverage these dollars so that this becomes an initiative to empower, not enable, our community. Please call Cindy Carroll at 704-261-1550 x 204 for more information.

 

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.