The William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center was formed in 1957 by a group of parents of mentally retarded children. Originally named the Madison County Association for Retarded Citizens, the founders were concerned with the availability and quality of services available in Madison County.
The ARC, through the efforts of its Board of Directors, members, and staff have developed various programs to provide a wide array of services to families and individuals diagnosed as having a Developmental Disability.
In 1988, in tribute to the late William M. BeDell, the Madison County Association for Retarded Citizens was renamed the William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center. Advocates such as Mr. BeDell and others before him remind the ARC of its original mission as well as new missions ahead.