Who We Are

As an office of The Arc of the United States, The Arc Wisconsin supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Since 1960, The Arc Wisconsin has served individuals and their families through our locally affiliated chapters across the state. The Arc Wisconsin works to develop programs and advocate for public policy giving people with I/DD the opportunity to learn, live, and work inclusively in their communities.

Read our most recent Strategic Plan.

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Mission & Vision

The Arc Wisconsin Mission Statement
The Arc Wisconsin advocates for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to improve their quality of life; expand opportunities; and to increase their full inclusion in all aspects of community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc Wisconsin strives to promote awareness and respect for the value, contributions and rights of all people with I/DD.

The Arc Wisconsin Vision Statement
Our Vision for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) of all ages are valued members of their communities and are fully accepted and able to participate in and contribute to all aspects of community, including but not limited to school, a job with fair wages, civic activities and places of worship. People with I/DD and their families have access to the support, information, resources and services they need to enjoy the same opportunities in life as people without disabilities.

Our Vision for The Arc Wisconsin and Local Chapters
The Arc Wisconsin is the state’s leading advocate for people with I/DD of all ages and backgrounds and their families. Chapters of The Arc provide and promote essential services and model best practices that allow people to succeed in living their lives the way they want to with necessary supports. The Arc Wisconsin is a leading public policy voice, ensuring that there are sufficient resources to meet the needs of people with I/DD in every community in our state.

Read our Position Statements.

Learn more about The Arc Wisconsin’s public policy work to promote inclusion.


Our Staff: Deb Sybell, State Director

Email: Sybell@thearc.org

Deb Sybell joined The Arc Wisconsin as State Director in April 2022. Deb has been a champion of social justice issues throughout her professional career as a legislative staffer, lobbyist, organizer, policymaker, and realtor. She has volunteered her time to mentoring kids facing big challenges as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters and served on the Business Council for Dane County Humane Society. From health care to education to housing, Deb has been at the forefront of key policy decisions, advocating for opportunity for all and empowering others at the state and community level. A passionate changemaker dedicated to helping individuals reach their full potential to live their best lives, Deb feels right at home with The Arc Wisconsin and is excited about what we can accomplish together for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.