Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:00 pm
Benjamin Hooks Library
Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) and the Memphis Delta Interagency Coordinating Council (MDICC) are hosting a FREE Parent Luncheon for parents with young children who have special needs. The Luncheon will be held at Benjamin Hooks Central Library. TEIS works with children birth to three and the MDICC is comprised of Early Intervention Agencies, Rehabilitation Agencies, local school systems, Head Start, and various community agencies.
Their goal is to assess the availability and access to services for these families, and to increase public awareness about Early Intervention and services offered through the schools and Head Starts in Memphis, Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties. The guest speaker will be Julie Coffey from the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Gretchen Dickerson at 901-287-4503.
How to Choose a Preschool
March 3rd, 6:30-8:30 PM
Baptist Women's Hospital
This workshop will help parents who are in the process of choosing a preschool for their child. This is a panel led discussion, which will include a parent, school system specialist, and private preschool director. There is no charge for this workshop but you must register by contacting the DSAM office at (901) 547-7588.
Memphis City Schools Parent Meeting:
Transition: From School to Work
March 10th, 9:00-11:00 AM
MCS Bond Building
This free session open to all parents and family members. For more info, please call Annette Vaughan (901) 416-0161.
March Madness Kick-off
Thursday, March 5th
Join The Arc of the Mid-South at Memphis City Hall as the City Council signs a proclamation to kick-off National Disability Awareness Month. Contact Jennifer Buchanan at (901) 327-2473 or here for more information.
Fridays, March 6th and April 3rd, 6:00-8:00 pm
Sibshops are for children ages 7-12 years old who have a brother or sister with developmental disabilities and special health needs. Sibshops provide opportunities to obtain peer support and education by interspersing discussion and sharing with high-energy games, crafts, and fun activities that give kids a chance to build new friendships and find support in a recreational context! Pizza dinner provided. Cost is $10 per child per session. Scholarships are available. For more info or registration, please contact Jennifer Washburn here or (901) 448-6670.
Sponsored by: The Harwood Center Inc., Hope Presbyterian Church, and The UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities.
3-Day Job Readiness Workshop
Wednesday - Friday, March 11-13
ATTENTION TEACHERS! The Arc of the Mid-South’s Career Development program will host a three-day workshop at Anointed Temple of Praise to provide job readiness training for students with disabilities. If you are interested in participating, contact Jennifer Buchanan at 901-327-2473 or here for more information.
Dinner and a Movie at The Exceptional Foundation
March 13th, 6:00-9:30PM and March 21st, 6:00-9:00PM
The Excpetional Foundation
Pizza and Karaoke Party with Own Our Own and The Exceptional Foundation @ The Exceptional Foundation. The Exceptional Foundation is located at 1780 Moriah Woods Boulevard, Suite 4, Memphis, TN 38117. Questions about weekend events and/or The Exceptional Foundation, please contact (901)-387-5002.
Wheelchair Basketball Tournament and Information Fair
Saturday, March 21st
Teams from city and county government, local businesses and other supporters will come together to play wheelchair basketball in honor of Disability Awareness Month. There will also be an information fair to showcase other organizations that offer services to those with disabilities. The events will be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. If you would like to enter a team in the tournament, contact Ruth Kirby at The Arc of the Mid-South (901) 507-8569 or here.
2009 DISABILITY POLICY SEMINAR
Monday - Wednesday, April 27th-29th
A New Era: Embracing Opportunities in the Face of Grave Challenges
Check out http://www.aaidd.org/content_1523.cfm for more information.
* Registration is now open for the Inaugural Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) Conference. Topics covered will include Future Planning, Caring for the Caregiver, Legislation & Advocacy, Family Dynamics & Relationships, and Research.
The Conference will take place April 3-4, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Holiday Inn Select at Vanderbilt. The conference fee is $45, which includes registration fee, a conference t-shirt, meals, and conference materials. For more information on the conference and to register, click here or call (615) 322-8529 x15. Please register by March 3, 2009.
* On Thursday, April 30, 2009, the State Board of Education will hold a rulemaking hearing regarding the proposed rule regarding restraint and isolation of students receiving special education services. The hearing will be from 10 - 11 a.m. CDT, at 710 James Robertson Pkwy, 1st Floor Conf. Rm., Andrew Johnson Tower,Nashville TN 37243.
Whether or not you attend the meeting, comments received by 4:30 p.m. CST on Friday, May 1, 2009, will be considered prior to the Board considering the rule on final reading. The State Board of Education will then be able to consider the rule on final reading at its next regular meeting in August. If you need additional information or wish to submit comments, please use the following contact information:
Email | Phone: (615) 741-2966 | Fax: 615-741-0371
State Board of Education
710 James Robertson Pkwy, 9th Floor
Nashville TN 37243
* The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities is preparing to host its 9th annual Youth Leadership Forum, June 29-July 2, 2009, on Vanderbilt University's campus. They are seeking high school students with disabilities - rising 10th graders through those who will graduate in 2009 - to participate in a four-day advocacy and leadership training program.
During the course of the four days, students will attend sessions on leadership, employment, community involvement and college resources for students with disabilities. The deadline for submissions is February 27, 2009. Only fully completed applications will be considered. For more information, please contact Ned Andrew Solomon, Director, Tennessee Youth Leadership Forum, 615-532-6556 or here.
* The Arc of Tennessee's Secondary Transition Project announces openings for workshops across the state this Spring. It's never too early or too late to begin planning your child's transition from school to adult life, but by the time s/he is 14, the formal planning should be under way. This can be a confusing and scary process for parents who have worked to protect their children with disabilities. For more information about the Secondary Transition Project, visit The Arc of Tennessee's Website. Please note that the NEW Secondary Transition Family Handbook is available at a button near the bottom of the page. To schedule a workshop near you, contact either Treva Maitland here or by phone (731) 559-4187, or Loria Richardson here or phone (615) 215-2065.
* The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee will be opening their doors Monday, March 2nd @ 8:00a.m!! Please call 901-387-5003 to set up an appointment if you would like to view the facilities with your loved one and talk with the staff. We welcome appointments at any time, so do not hesitate to call! The Exceptional Foundation is a non-profit organization, serving mentally challenged individuals of all ages in Memphis and Shelby County by targeting social and recreational objectives. The Exceptional Foundation gives our participants the opportunity to attend various field trips, the possibility of competing in sporting activities, and the chance to socialize and meet new people in supportive settings.