Friday, April 4, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is national Autism Awareness Month and The Arc and The Autism NOW National Autism Resource & Information Center are working to empower people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with the information and resources they need to live their lives to the fullest potential. We are also working to help others become more accepting of people with ASDs.

Just this month, the CDC declared that 1 in 68 (a 30% increase from previous figures) children may be impacted by autism spectrum disorders, so it’s a fair bet that each one of us knows someone with autism or someone who has a family member or friend with autism. Since this disorder is a spectrum and not everyone with a diagnosis of ASD “appears” to have autism, you may know someone on the spectrum and not even realize it.

That’s why it’s important to dispel all of the myths and misinformation to understand and accept what having an ASD really means. And that’s why The Autism NOW Center ( exists, to weed through the volumes of information out there and provide high-quality, vetted resources and information to people with autism and other developmental disabilities, their family, friends, colleagues, teachers, employers and others.

To promote awareness and acceptance, we invite you to view and share a new video about Autism NOW and learn more. Also, we encourage you to join in the conversation! Follow us online and on Autism NOW’s blog  and read the personal stories of people with autism in a series of guest posts during April. And use the hashtag #AutismAware to generate discussion about autism awareness and acceptance. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014 Weekend Retreats and Summer Camp

The Arc Mid-South has provided Respite Weekend Retreats for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 30 years.  Formatted to be "mini-camps", the weekend retreats are staffed with a ratio of 3:1 and offer social, recreational, and educational activities to participants while helping campers achieve greater independence.  Any individual capable of participating in a group setting and at least the age of 8 may be eligible to attend. 

Our retreats start with check-in on Friday at 7 pm and end on Sunday at 12 noon.   Campers will enjoy a variety of activities and fun with their peers.

If you are interested in registering or for additional information please call Lucille Richardson at (901) 327-2473 or   We look forward to having you! Please click here for dates and locations.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

“Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish the right of individuals with developmental disabilities to live independently, to exert control and choice over their own lives, and to fully participate in and contribute to their communities through full integration and inclusion …” 
- Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000

This month, Governor Bill Haslam signed a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Governor Haslam and the Tennessee disability community wishes to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals with developmental disabilities who live, work, play, vote, volunteer, worship and build relationships in our local communities.

Visit our website to donate to our organization or attend an event in commemoration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!