The Arc Rapides is formerly known as John Eskew Training Center. John Eskew was a school for exceptional children with disabilities at a time when those individuals were not allowed to be admitted into “regular” school. Many of those students worked at Handi Works Productions and later transitioned into the RARC services.
In 1955, our nonprofit began as The Rapides Association for Retarded Children (RARC) to help children diagnosed with mental retardation, a term that’s now fallen out of favor. The name was changed to The Rapides Association for Retarded Citizens in the late 70s; and further amended to The Arc Rapides, Inc in 2013 to better reflect its affiliation with Arc chapters across the country and within Louisiana.
Our mission is to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a place of work and enrichment.
The Arc Rapides advocates with and for all people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families so that they shall live to their fullest potential.