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 The Arc of Rowan Summer Day Program – is a seven week program for children ages 5-21 with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Activities blend recreational and academic instruction to produce a fun time including swimming, field trips, self-help skill development, daily living skill instruction centered around each child’s identified developmental needs.

Our Staff are already busy working on Summer Day 2015.  Check back here often for updates, or sign up for our e-newsletter below to receive more information as it becomes available.   You can also contact our offices at 704 637-1521.

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a totally preventable form of Intellectual/Developmental Disability.  It stems from the mother's use of alcohol during pregnancy.  Click on the link below to take our FAS Pretest to see what you know about this form of Intellectual/Developmental Disability. 

If you'd like to learn more, just contact our offices at 704 637-1521.  If your Class, Club, or Civic Group would like to schedule a presentation, please contact us also. 

Click right HERE to take the FAS Pretest.

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Did you know we have been publishing a monthly e-news letter?  It's a great way to keep up with the happenings of our agency.  Click on the link below, and you will be taken to the online sign-up form.  All you need is your email address and name.  Sign-up today!


The Arc of Rowan County is a Proud Member of the Rowan County United Way Family!! Check out our Family below:

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The Arc of Rowan County is a Rowan County United Way Member Agency!  Click on their logo to go to the Rowan County United Way website. 

Welcome to The Arc of Rowan!The Arc of Rowan County is a private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that those individuals can reach their dreams. The Arc of Rowan is people; people with intellectual and  developmental disabilities, parents and other family members, friends of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and professionals who work with them.

The Arc of Rowan has been instrumental in establishing group homes, vocational, recreational, summer programs and public awareness.

The Arc of Rowan County is a chapter of the national organization, The Arc of the United States. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The association also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities in infants and young children. The Arc is a grassroots organization with 140,000 members who are affiliated through approximately 1,000 state and local chapters across the nation. 

If you have any questions about The Arc of Rowan, please contact our office at 704-637-1521 or you can contact us by email: 

Shela Sapp, Executive Director:, ssapp@thearcofrowan.org

Lori Ewart, Assistant Executive Director: lewart@thearcofrowan.org

                                 Our Mission Statement

The Arc of Rowan is committed to improving the quality of life for all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while promoting inclusiveness, equity, diginity, and respect for their diversity and cultureal differences.

                                Our Vision Statement

We will continue to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach and maintain their desired potential.

                                Our Values Statement

In everthing we do, we will treat all individuals with diginty and respect.                                        


Our offices are located at:    108 Dorsett Drive
                                                 Salisbury, NC 
                                                 704 637-1521
                                                 Fax: 704 637-9921

The webmaster may be reached at:  webmaster@thearcofrowan.org 


                           History of The Arc of Rowan

How It All Began...

In 1954, children with disabilities could not attend public school. Local parents came together with a common need and desire to educate their children.

These parents formed an organization called "Parents and Friends of Mentally Retarded Children", and this group became a chapter of The Arc in 1954.
The name of our group has changed over the years...

In 1958 the chapter name changed to Rowan County Association for Retarded Children or "ARC"

In 1974 the name changed to Rowan County Association for Retarded Citizens.
In 1991 the name changed to the current name of "The Arc of Rowan County". 

While our name has changed over the years, our mission has remained consistent. Advocating for people with intellectual and  developmental disabilities remains our focal point. The Arc of Rowan has been instrumental in establishing group homes, vocational, recreational, summer programs and public awareness.

From its inception in 1954 and continuing to this day, The Arc of Rowan is an advocate for each person with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


CARF has accredited The Arc of Rowan County for its Residential Services Program.   

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