1972 KCARC disabled citizens fun center

Open to All.

Since its humble beginnings in 1972, KCARC has had a rich history of living out our mission to advocate and provide opportunities in a dignified and respectful environment for the total well-being of individuals and families with special needs.
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In November of 2017, KCARC converted its former Plant 2 operation into the 1972 Community Center as a place where people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers and community members can go for collaboration, integration and connectivity. 1972 is a place where programming, training, special events and plain old everyday “fun activities” are always integrated and open to all.

What a great way to show that we are all the same, no matter the circumstances!

1972 is like no other Family Center in the area.  We have the capability to host a birthday party for 6 or a post-prom event for 250. How about renting out our dining room that seats 130 people for a corporate luncheon…THAT WE CAN CATER!!
KCARC 1972 family fun center

One big family.

1972 is part of the KCARC family along with these great companies:
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Promoting Training.

Training is the critical element to assist people with disabilities in becoming successfully employed.  Computers, softwares, and other program tools are essential.  In today’s business world employees must be adept at the use of technology.  The program content develops essential technology skills.  Skills like keyboarding, using the internet and proper phone etiquette are all basic entry-level skills demanded by employers.  Program courses also include competency, social and soft skills for the workplace. Interactive workstations, volunteers and student interns assist in training courses.

Job Search and Employment Services.

A community wishing to improve itself must acknowledge its weaknesses. As in all communities people with disabilities are underrepresented in the workplace. That is true in Knox County. A community is only as good as its weakest part. By strengthening opportunities for people with disabilities, the whole community is strengthened!

Community Recreation and Participation.

KCARC 1972 is a place where people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers and community members go for training, fun, learning, friendship, acceptance, relationship building, vocational preparation, empowerment, outreach to employers and much more.

KCARC 1972 family fun kids friends playing


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