ARK Advocates
About Us
About Us
Events Regarding People with Disabilities in the Tri-State Area


  • Dropped affiliation with United Way
  • Dropped affiliation with Arc of US and Iowa
  • New Organization formed and by-laws adopted
  • New name “ARK Advocates” adopted
  • Continuation of support for services and programs we’ve started or helped with over the past 50 years


  • Mission statement developed at retreat
  • Helen Keller School merged with Eisenhower Elementary
  • Age appropriate education began in the Dubuque Community School District

  • Tag line added to name…"Advocates for and with persons with mental retardation"
  • Integrated schools and sports programs
  • Sabbath Sunday
  • Annual Essay Contest
  • Group Homes expanded in Dubuque County
  • Up with Families Program begins
  • Iowa Cooks Cookbook sales
  • Goodwill starts up in Dubuque

  • TASK (Talk about Special Kids) started
  • Roy Schmeichel retires
  • Stakeholders Committee
  • Information & Referral Directory of Service developed
  • Child at Home Grant Project
  • Buddy Walk
  • "Handicapped" taken out of the Iowa Code


  • Name change to Arc of Dubuque Area
  • Boy Scout Troop started
  • Child drivers seats purchased and gift bags distributed to new parents
  • Transition Programs developed
  • Helen Keller School opens
  • DCARC has largest membership in the state
  • Candidate's Night held
  • People first language

  • IDEA Act passed
  • Bill of Rights for the disabled passed
  • Christmas card sales
  • Kids on the Block started


  • Hills and Dales started

  • West Dubuque ARC started
  • Name change to Dubuque County Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Fund Drive
  • Care Review Committees started
  • Camp Albrecht Acres started in 1975

  • State Convention in Dubuque
  • Respite Care Program started
  • Very Special Arts started
  • Pilot Parent Program started


  • Move to office at 1533 Central
  • Buddy Club started
  • Sheltered Workshop started (Opportunity Center)
  • Religious education classes started
  • Camperships provided
  • Formation of Area Residential Care


  • Organization began as a parent's meeting
  • First Dubuque Community School classes for trainable students started at Audubon School
  • State Convention held in Dubuque
  • Joined United Fund (United Way)
  • Summer playground and recreation programs started at Flora Park

ARK Advocates PO Box 3024 Dubuque, IA 52004-3024 563-556-1785