Our Mission

KCARC is a non-profit company focused on improving the lives of families with disabilities.
We demonstrate our community commitment through manufacturing, employment job training services, intellectual and developmental disability services, adult day services, behavior management services, early childhood developmental programs, school-aged children transition services, and a community fun center.
"I am forever grateful for all they have done for my son. Knox County is lucky to have such a great agency."



Our program services provide a wide scope of services for individuals with special needs.  

Life Skills

KCARC’s ‘ The Shop ‘ is a state-of-the-art facility providing individuals with enriching activities on a daily basis.

Day Programming

Leisure. Health. Choice. These are the three driving principles behind KCARC’s Adult Day Services Program.

Therapeutic Services

Behavior Support, Music Therapy, Wellness Coordination, and Speech Therapy are all our current programs at KCARC; more tools for families and individuals to create their vision of a well-rounded life.

Youth Services

Our Youth Day Program serves school-aged children with a flexible and dependable schedule you can count on, with services including community integration, peer socialization, and more.

Disability Employment

KCARC’s Benefits Counseling services are here to help you make informed choices about work.

Quality Driven. Experienced. Diverse.

Our Mission Experienced. Diverse.

To advocate & provide opportunities in a dignified and respectful manner for the total well-being of individuals and families with special needs.

Quality PolicyExperienced. Diverse.

As KCARC continuously improves, it will deliver services and products to its customers meeting or exceeding requirements.
"We are always investing in our equipment at our manufacturing plants, using state-of-the art technology."


Our Dove Manufacturing plants provide solutions for metal, wood, and garment production.

Metal & Wood
Cut & Sew

Supporting those with disabilities by providing opportunity.

Since 1972, we have led the effort to effectively play a positive role in the lives of those who have disabilities within our community. KCARC has been at the forefront of Knox County by being an economic asset, a major employer, and a haven for individuals and families served.
"The staff is always cleaning and everyone is so nice. My daughter has learned so much and is coming out of her shell."

Child Care


Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is for children ages twelve months through two years.


Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is for children ages three through five years.

Preschool Special Education

Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is an inclusive preschool classroom for children ages three to five years.
1972 to today and beyond.
From the dream of a few individuals in 1969 to the humble beginnings in 1972, to what we are today - an economic asset, a major employer, and a haven for many people.

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