Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Aid for families caring for disabled may end

A program that aids thousands of Tennessee families caring for disabled loved ones is on the chopping block under the proposed budget for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Commissioner Debra Payne said eliminating the program would save $7.5 million. That’s the biggest chunk of reductions totaling $21.9 million to comply with Gov. Bill Haslam’s directive that every agency cut spending by 7 percent.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Give Back Night at Moe's Southwest Grill - 2 nights!

Enjoy a great meal and support The Arc Mid-South at the same time!  Moe's Southwest Grill will be hosting two Give Back Nights to benefit The Arc Mid-South on December 17th and February 18th!  When you eat at Moe's between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on either of these dates, 15% of your purchase will go to support The Arc Mid-South.  

For more information, please contact (901) 327-2473.  Come out and join us and support a great cause while having fun!  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Register today and earn money for The Arc Mid-South!

The Kroger Community Rewards program was designed to make our fundraising the easiest in town by simply using your Kroger Card!  You lose no benefits personally and Kroger donates a portion of the dollars spent to The Arc Mid-South.  Enroll now for the Community Rewards Program.  All participants must re-enroll each year in order to continue earning points during the coming year.  It's easy - just shop, swipe your card, and earn.  

The Arc Mid-South's organization number with Kroger is 81469.  Do you already have an account?  Please sign in here and link your Kroger Plus Card to The Arc Mid-South.  If you don't have access to the internet, please contact The Arc at (901) 327-2473 for assistance.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Employment for People with Disabilities

Join The Arc Mid-South for:

Conversations that Matter -
The Changing Employment Landscape in
Tennessee and Nationwide

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Where: Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
1900 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 1:00 -3:00 pm
SRVS – Learning Center
3971 Knight Arnold Rd, Memphis, TN 5:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Concussion Resource

New Concussion Resource from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention; Heads Up to Parents

This interactive site will help to recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Senator Calls For Expansion Of Community-Based Services

Senator Calls For Expansion Of Community-Based Services

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A new proposal in the U.S. Senate would eliminate a government bias toward placing people with disabilities in institutional rather than community-based settings.
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Tuesday he is introducing a bill that would put an end to what’s known as the “institutional bias.”
Current law requires Medicaid to provide nursing home services to people with disabilities, but does not mandate that home and community-based options be offered. As a result, many states have long waiting lists for individuals wishing to obtain services in the community and a Senate report last year found that over 200,000 working-age Americans remain segregated in nursing homes.
Harkin’s proposal dubbed the Community Integration Act would change things by requiring that states deem all individuals who are considered eligible for institutional care to also be eligible for supports in home and community-based settings. What’s more, the bill would prohibit states from making people ineligible for services in the community based on their particular disability.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Congress To ‘Combat’ Autism No More

In a win for self-advocates, lawmakers said this week that they will no longer seek to include the term “combating” in the title of the nation’s primary autism legislation.

A bill to reauthorize hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending for prevalence tracking, research, early identification efforts and other autism initiatives will move forward under a new name — the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES.

The new name emerged earlier this week in a U.S. Senate proposal to renew the law previously known as the Combating Autism Act. A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives quickly followed suit by attaching the new title to its version of the bill and voting to move the measure on for consideration by the full House.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

2014 Mid-South Autism Conference

2014 Mid-South Autism Conference 

Date:  June 19 - 21, 2014
Where:  University of Memphis, Fogelman Executive Conference Center

Participants & Features:   
  • Speakers including Temple Grandin, autism experts, and more
  • Breakout sessions
  • Lunch all three days
  • Vendors from all over the Mid-South
For more information, please visit the website at or call (901) 231-1931.   This event is being sponsored by Transformations Autism Treatment Center.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

Missing Woman With Intellectual Disability Found Dead Between Parked Cars

This article is devastating. It breaks my heart to read a story about how little compassion we have for someone who is not only poor, but who also has a disability.  Most everyone in this country would be outraged if this was a blonde or toddler!  “

It saddens me to realize we still live in a country where an immediate investigation is not always the first plan of action."

Carlene Leaper, Executive Director 

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Friday, May 2, 2014

In First, Contestant With Special Needs On ‘Wheel Of Fortune’

There have been many recent tales of “Wheel of Fortune” woe, including the unfortunate “Boozing my shore excursion” lady. And the weirdness of the lucky guess “New baby buggy” guy.

But Wednesday, the show had its first inspirational contestant in quite awhile with Trent Girone. The 21-year-old Peoria, Ariz., resident is a self-described “Wheel of Fortune” fanatic, but more important, he’s the first contestant with special needs ever to compete on the show. Girone has had nine brain surgeries and has both Asperger’s and Tourette syndromes, but that didn’t stop him from taking early control of the wheel by successfully guessing the first puzzle, “a smashing success.”

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Helpful link about autism

Check out this helpful link for information about autism screening, diagnosis, and treatment:

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!

Friday, January 10, 2014

American Girl Petitioned To Make Doll With Disability

For as long as she can remember, 10-year-old Melissa Shang has battled Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of muscular dystrophy. The incurable genetic disease damages nerves — causing debilitating muscle weakness and numbness — and requires Melissa to use a wheelchair or walker to get around.
When she was 7, Melissa fell in love with American Girl dolls, the pricey must-have toy of young girls from coast to coast and beyond. She cajoles her college-student sister to play dolls with her on trips home. The dolls and their accessories top every birthday and Christmas wish list.

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