Programs & Services

Teen Night Out

The program meets once per month and provides teens with disabilities (ages 13-21) with a safe environment to experience recreational activities and attend sessions designed to enhance social skills and strengthen peer relationships, resulting in self-advocacy and community inclusion.  For more information, contact Joan Karpenko at 701-330-8641.

The Teen Night Out program is a collaborative effort of the following agencies:  Anne Carlsen Center; Development Homes, Inc.; Support Systems, Inc.; Family Voices of North Dakota and The Arc, Upper Valley.

Teen Night Out at Nelson's Pumpkin Patch


The Arc, Upper Valley strives to empower individuals and families to be their own best advocate in addressing issues that may arise throughout a persons’ lifetime.  

Staff are available to serve as advocates in our office, over the phone or by accompanying you to meetings in the community and serving as your advocate with service providers, school staff or employers.

Muisc Therapy in Motion at The Development Homes Autism Walk

Parent Support Night is a support group for parents of  people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group is facilitated by parents

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the  month in The Arc’s new family room. For more information please call 701.772.6191.

Resource & Referral

Vincent’s Friends Playgroup

Vincent’s Friends is a weekly playgroup for children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their siblings ages 0-5.  The goal is to help children with special needs gain motor skills, social skills, confidence and friendship. 

The Next Chapter Book Club

The Next Chapter Book Club is for people age 16 and older with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, no matter their reading or ability level.  Trained volunteers facilitate each weekly one-hour meeting.  Download the flyer for more information.

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Advocacy Program

Human Rights Committee (HRC)

The Human Rights Committee acts as an independent reviewing body to assure that quality programs and services, including effective treatment and care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are provided in the least restrictive and appropriate setting and that the policies, procedures and practices of community service providers do not unnecessarily infringe on an individuals’ basic human and civil rights without due process protections.

Behavior Intervention Review Committee (BIRC)

The Behavior Intervention Review Committee reviews behavior intervention plans for local service providers.

The Arc keeps a list of resources on a wide range of topics such as medical assistance, financial assistance,  local service providers, employment, housing, assistive technology, health insurance and disability benefits. 

Visit our Resources page for more information.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, call our office at 701-772-6191.

Support & Education

Parent Support Night


The Next Chapter Book Club Juniors

The Next Chapter Book Club Juniors is a summer program for children between the ages of 8-13 who have an intellectual or developmental disability, no matter their reading or ability level.  Meeting twice weekly, the program is a great opportunity to make friends, enjoy books, and participate in fun activities on a regular basis during the summer.

Human Rights

Behavior Intervention


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches the public how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive health.  In any first aid course, participants learn an action plan to help someone who is injured or ill.  Similarly Mental Health First Aid provides an action plan on how to help a person in a mental health crisis.

For more information, download the flyer or call Rachel at 772-6191.

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