Our Mission:

Arc of Acadiana is committed to securing for all people with disabilities the opportunity to develop, participate, and live life to their fullest potential.


Frequently Asked Questions about Arc of Acadiana

What type of programs and activities are available at Arc of Acadiana?

Arc of Acadiana provides care for individuals ranging from 18 years of age to 100. The programs available are built to achieve our mission of securing for all people with disabilities the opportunity to develop, participate, and live life to their fullest potential.

Please click here to learn about the many programs available to you, your family member or loved one.

         Are you affiliated with LARC or Arc of St. Martin?

          No, we are not.  We have locations in New Iberia, Lafayette, Grand Coteau, Eunice, Opelousas, Rayne, Erath, Abbeville, and Bossier City.

         Do you do background checks?

          Yes we do.

         What is the pay rate for a DSP?

           Starting rate of pay is either $9.00/hour for day shift or $8.00/hour for night shift, but higher starting wage if experienced. Starting wage for experienced DSP is $10/hour for day shift and $8.25 /hour for night shift.  Thereafter, employees receive pay raises based on years of experience with Arc of Acadiana.

         What is the dress code for a DSP?

           Casual with closed toed shoes

         Do you pay overtime?

           Yes, overtime is paid at 1-1/2 times the base pay rate.

         Do you offer benefits to your employees?

           Yes, we have a full benefits package which includes Health Insurance, 401(k), Sick and Annual Leave, Recognition Programs, Discretionary Bonus Program, and other perks.  Link to Benefits

What is an adult day program?

An adult day program provides a caring environment that enhances the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through community integration, enrichment programs and a variety of social activities.

What is a typical day at the day program?

The day program offers a full day of interactions and activities, Monday - Friday, from 9:00am - 3:00pm.  Our program maximizes physical and cognitive abilities; as well as social opportunities for all clients.  

How many Arc's are there in the United States?

The Arc organization is established in 39 states, and we have 730 local chapters across the Unites States.

When was Arc of Acadiana founded?

Arc of Acadiana was founded in 1954.

What services do you provide in Bossier City?

We are a residential facility that provides medical, nursing, physical therapy, psychology/psychiatry, and nutritional services.

What criteria do you have to meet to live at the Bossier City facility?

You must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability and have significant medical issues that require daily nursing care.

Who oversees and manages the overall wellbeing of the clients at Arc of Acadiana and who would I speak to regarding any questions or concerns about my family member or loved one?

If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to communicate your needs is through the Director/Manager of each program or the QIDP (Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional) assigned to you, your family member or loved one.

Elizabeth Bourque - Lafayette Day Program - Ph#337.234.7254  

Angela Clymer-Norris, Program Manager - New Iberia Day Program - Ph#337.364.7215

Lacie Dunn, Program Manager – St. Landry Day Program - Ph#337.886.5451

Chelsea Guidry, Program Manager - Vermilion Day Program - Ph#337.937.6113

Stephanie Leblanc, Director – Waiver Services including Individual and Family Support, Long-term Personal Care, and Older Adult Services - Ph#337.367.6813

April Lee, Director – Northwest Residential (ICF/group homes) - Ph#318-742.6220

Brandi Stutes, Director – South Louisiana Residential (group homes) - Ph#337.367.6813

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