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  • Title: The Arc of Mississippi
    Descriptive info: .. The Arc of Mississippi.. Home.. About Us.. Mission Statement.. Staff and Board of Directors.. Chapters.. History.. Events.. Our Programs.. Programs and Services.. Community Resources.. Training Topics.. Photo Gallery.. Donate Online.. Publications.. Join Us.. Links.. Public Policy.. Contact Us.. Donate Now.. Join Our Email List.. Welcome to The Arc of Mississippi!.. The Arc of Mississippi was founded in 1961 and is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, the world’s largest grassroots advocacy organization for citizens of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families.. The Arc of Mississippi works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.. We focus on Abilities, respect,  ...   with an intellectual and developmental disability.. Cognitive/intellectual disability is a condition, not a disease.. The Arc works to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary, decent American life:.. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are valued, respected and included in all communities.. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities direct their own lives.. People choose their services and supports from many available sources.. People are empowered through nonprofit advocacy.. State and federal governments administer programs and set budgets that meet everyone’s needs.. Other projects of The Arc of Mississippi.. |.. Board Only.. Privacy Statement.. Website Designed and Hosted by.. U.. NetworX..

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  • Title: About Us
    Descriptive info: The Arc of Mississippi receives partial funding for this.. project from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health..

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  • Title: Mission Statement
    Descriptive info: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.. The Arc's Core Values.. People First.. The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.. Equity.. The Arc believes that people with intellectual and deveopmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.. Community.. The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and consitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.. Self-determination.. The Arc believes in self-determination and self-advocacy.. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.. Diversity.. The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).. Guiding Principles.. Participatory Democracy.. The Arc acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents, siblings, family members and other concerned members of the pblic have meaningful opportunities to inform and guide the direction of the organization's advocacy, including determining policy and positions  ...   leadership at all levels of the organization.. Transparency, Integrity and Excellence.. The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication.. The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.. The Mission of The Arc Mississippi is:.. To promote the general welfare of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the State of Mississippi.. To serve as a parent support and advocacy organization.. To further research on all aspects of the condition of intellectual and developmental disabilities such as the cause, prevention, medical and social treatment and methods of special education and training.. To develop a better understanding of the condition of intellectual and developmental disabilities by the public and to cooperate with all public, private and religious agencies; international, federal, state and local departments of mental health, rehabilitation, education and health; and institutions.. To further training, education and recruitment of personnel to work in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.. To encourage the formation of local units, to advise and aid these units in the solutions of their problems and to coordinate the efforts and activities of these units.. To further the implementation of legislation on behalf of persons with disabilities.. To serve as a clearinghouse for gathering and disseminating information regarding persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to foster the development of integrated programs on their behalf.. To solicit and receive funds for the accomplishment of the above purposes.. To further the objectives of The Arc of the United States..

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  • Title: Staff and Board of Directors
    Descriptive info: President.. Don Myers.. 612 Berridge Drive.. Ridgeland, MS 39157.. dcm125@bellsouth.. net.. Senior Vice-President.. Kim Duffy.. 2108 Soundview Drive.. Gautier, MS 39553.. duffattorney@cableone.. Secretary.. Annette Rinehart.. 4411 CR 601.. Booneville, MS 38829.. drycreekann@aol.. com.. Treasurer.. Christy Dunnaway.. 1304 Vine Street.. Jackson, MS 39202.. lifeofms@aol.. Past President.. Vacant.. Regional Vice-Presidents:.. Northern Region.. Norma Jones.. 2447 Hairston Bend Road.. Columbus, MS 39702.. normajones2447@hotmail.. Central Region.. Sam Givhan.. 1323 3rd Avenue North.. Columbus, MS 39701.. sgivhan@cableone.. Southern Region.. Dyann Myzell.. 18243 Hwy.. 28.. Taylorsville, MS 39168.. dimizell@bayspringstel.. Delta Region.. Cameron Stubbs.. 141 Bear Creek Circle.. Canton, MS 39046.. cstubbs@mdrs.. state.. ms.. us.. At-Large Directors.. Reva Hopkins.. 7009 Redbud Lane.. Ocean Springs, MS 39564.. revahopkins@bellsouth.. Term expires 7/2013.. Polly Jo Duncan..  ...   39206.. miller.. shirley55@yahoo.. Ricky Lee Boggan.. 339 County Estates Road.. Florence, MS 39073.. Rickey.. Boggan@gmail.. Ronnie Raggio.. 519 West Main Street.. Raymond, MS 39154.. rcraggio@gmail.. Staff.. Matt Nalker.. , Executive Director.. matt@arcms.. org.. Cindy Dittus.. , Associate Director.. cindy@arcms.. Gwen Brown.. , Administrative Coordinator.. gwen@arcms.. Lisa Burck.. , DSPO Project Director.. lisaburck@bellsouth.. Dian Cooksey.. , Projects Assistant.. cooksey1960@gmail.. Yolanda Kimble.. , Yazoo City Resource Center Coordinator.. yolanda.. kimble@yahoo.. Kathy LeBlanc.. , Bookkeeper.. kathy@arcms.. Mike Montgomery.. , Director of Special Projects.. msarcmike@gmail.. Hilary Colerick.. , Customized Employment.. hilly.. pennell@gmail.. Renee Murphy.. renee@arcms.. Mary Ann Robinson.. , Support Specialist.. maryann@arcms.. Charles Stevenson.. , Yazoo City Resource Center Director.. charles@a21dial.. Hollia Thompson.. , Education Specialist.. hollia@arcms.. General Information:.. Webmaster:..

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  • Title: Chapters
    Descriptive info: Local Chapters of The Arc of Mississippi.. The Arc of Adams County.. The Arc of Clay County.. The Arc of Forrest County.. The Arc of the Gulf Coast.. The Arc of the Pine Belt Region-.. Serving Jones, Wayne, Jasper, Smith, Covington Counties.. The Arc of Lowndes County.. The Arc of Northeast Mississippi..  ...   Arc of Pearl River County.. The Arc of Southwest Mississippi.. Serving Amite, Franklin, Pike, Wilkerson, Walthall, Marion, Lincoln and Lawrence Counties.. The Arc of Washington County.. Please call The Arc of Mississippi (601) 982-1180 or 800-717-1180.. or email us for contact information on any of these chapters.. Click.. here.. for a chapter map..

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  • Title: History
    Descriptive info: History of The Arc of the United States 1950-Present.. 1950s.. First convention of the “National Association ofParents and Friends of Mentally Retarded Children” was held in Minnesota.. Basic Objective: “To promote and stimulate needed research into causes, cure and prevention of mental retardation”.. The organization became the National Association for Retarded Children; national newspaper, Children Limited.. New York City becomes home to the first national headquarters.. President Dwight Eisenhower declared the firstNational Retarded Children’s Week.. The association’s first film, “Tuesday’s Child,” was produced.. Membership rose to 29,000 with 412 local chapters.. The association supported Social Security coverage for adults disabled in childhood, funding for medical facilities for people with mental retardation and increased appropriations for vocational rehabilitation programs.. Mental Subnormality, an important cornerstone inresearch literature in the field of mental retardation,reported findings of a three-year association survey.. The Arc published a landmark report, Decade of Decision, describing the association’s accomplishments and prospects for meeting service needs of people with mental retardation.. The Arc intensifies its advocacy for research and asks Congress for full support for an International Research Plan.. 1960s.. The Arc establishes a formal liaison with theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics.. Decade of Decision was presented to the White House Conference on Children and Youth.. Membership totaled 62,000.. The Arc was approved as one of 10 voluntary health organizations by the President’s Committee on Fundraising in the Federal Service.. The Arc is represented on the first President’s Panelon Mental Retardation.. The first article about the dangers of lead poisoningon child development is published in Children Limited.. A new screening test for PKU was discovered due to a research grant from the association.. The Arc’s advocacy results in two federal laws that support research into the causes of metal retardation.. Ten years of research grants are given to support work in early childhood development, influencing the establishment of Head Start.. Federal support for mental retardation services andresearch increased from $14 million to $94 million.. Research grants resulted in a test to detect toxoplasmosis and identifying genetic differences in persons with Down syndrome.. The President’s Panel on Mental Retardation recommended the Mental Retardation Construction Act, maternity and child care projects, expansion of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act and establishment of special education programs.. Membership totaled 100,000.. The first interorganization conference on mentalretardation convened with representatives from 28 national organizations.. The Arc’s advocacy with other national organizationsresults in the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid.. The Arc spurs measles campaign.. The Arc stepped up insistence on immediate eradication of inhumane treatment and improvement of institutional care.. The Arc receives a federal grant to support a project on Poverty-related Mental Retardation from the Office of Economic Opportunity as part of the War on Poverty.. The Arc’ s Governmental Affairs office was opened in Washington, D.. C.. to increase visibility in the nation’s capital and attempt to influence federal policy toward children and adults with mental retardation and their families.. 1970s.. National Headquarters was moved to Arlington,Texas, to be more centrally located for the growing membership.. The Arc supported expansion of Medicaid to allow the federal government to finance residential programs (ICF/MR).. The Arc passes a resolution at convention to increase the involvement of low income and minority groups in The Arc’s activities as a strategy to prevent poverty-related mental retardation.. The Arc lends its name to a media campaign toeducate and prevent Hepatitis B.. The Arc develops and distributes materials to health professionals addressing the prevention of meningitis.. National and state offices of The Arc begin to join court suits to defend the rights of citizens with mental retardation living in state institutions and to ensure their right to education.. Advocacy intensified to strengthen individuals’ rights to be served by community-based residential services.. Other efforts:– immigration – benefits for dependents of service people– early childhood – fair labor standards as applied to workers with mental retardation – lead  ...   of other infants born with mental retardation and other disabilities.. National convention delegates approved aresolution declaring the right of all people to community-based services.. Spearheaded meetings leading to the signing of the “Principles of Treatment of Disabled Infants” and the passage of “Baby Doe” Amendments to the Child Abuse Act.. Research was completed proving a computer system equipped with voice recognition and environmental controls could be configured for use by people who have profound mental retardation and severe physical impairments.. 11 major laws enacted in 1986, includingmandated preschool program and early intervention • Advocacy by the Governmental Affairs Office results in the establishment of the Disabilities Prevention Program at the Center for Disease Control.. Teaming with Johnson Johnson, begin a three year awareness and fundraising campaign that reached an estimated 75 million households annually.. The Arc joined a collaborative effort to form theNational Consortium of Community Health Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.. The Arc’s On-The-Job Training Project became the National Employment and Training.. The NET program included such activities as supported employment, professional and volunteer training, job development and placement.. “A Status Report on Waiting Lists for CommunityServices” revealed more than 139,000 children and adults on waiting lists for community services across the country.. Played a major role in achieving congressionalenactment of The Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988, prohibiting housing discrimination based on disability.. Large growth of the self-advocacy movement.. 1990s.. The Arc celebrates its 40th anniversary.. Joined the battle against AIDS by being involvedwith educating people with mental retardation.. Celebrated passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed by President George Bush.. Helped plan a national conference on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.. Supported research into aging and mental retardation.. Changed names again to become “The Arc”.. Forthe first time the word “retarded” was gone from the name.. “Access ADA”, a project of helping peopleunderstand and comply with the ADArequirements.. Celebrated the 25th year of matching employers with employees having mental retardation, with more than 45,000 placements.. The Arc prepared its first “Report to the Nation on Inclusion in Education of Students with Mental Retardation”.. The Arc took a stand against the unfair, imbalanced treatment of criminal offenders with mental retardation.. The Board of Directors identifies the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as one of three objectives for the Strategic Plan.. The Arc stepped up its efforts to reduce the incidence of FAS.. The Arc passes a resolution to object to the House of Seagram’s TV advertising.. Fact Sheet on “Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention” is completed and disseminated.. The Arc Test is developed~newborn screening test to identify pre-natal use of alcohol.. Alzheimer’s Disease and People with Mental Retardation fact sheet is revised.. Funds a new position: the Health Promotion andDisability Prevention Specialist.. Passes a resolution on genetic discrimination.. The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention and Education Act is passed with advocacy from The Arc.. The Arc is included in the list of agencies that must be represented on the national advisory board.. The Arc lends its name to a community education campaign on the prevention of Hib Disease.. The Arc receives a grant from CDC to update FAS materials.. The Arc of Mississippi.. History of Services.. 1961.. Parent Support Advocacy.. Chapter Support.. 1988.. 1 employee, Budget of $68,750.. 1988.. Supported Employment.. One of the first agencies funded through Voc-Rehab.. 1991.. Respite-Children’s Medical Program expandedgrowth from 1991 with $5,000 to $65,000 in 1995.. 1992.. State Affiliation Fee discontinued for locals.. 1993.. Prevention Grant.. FAS.. Contractual Behavior Management.. Sensitivity Training.. 1994.. Parent Partners-PTI.. Mandt Behavior Management.. Systems Change.. Expanded Supported Employment.. Resource Library.. Medicaid Waiver.. 12 employee, Budget of $425,000.. 1995.. Estimated 12 employees, Budget of $525,000.. Actual 20 employees, Budget of $637,000.. 1996.. 10-25 employees budget of $750,000.. Services.. Parent/Consumer Support.. Behavior Management.. Systems Change.. Empower-PTI-Delta Counties.. CMP Respite, EIP Respite, Arc Respite.. FAS Awareness.. Mandt Behavior Management Training.. Member Chapter Services, Chapter Enhancement..

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  • Title: Events
    Descriptive info: MS disAbility Mega Conference.. June 20, 2013.. CONTACT, The Crisis Line, Supports All Populations.. April 02, 2013.. The iCan Connect Program Offers Free Communications Equipment.. January 22, 2013.. Important Information Regarding Transportation Needs Assessment.. November 08, 2012.. 2011-2012 Annual Report.. July 12, 2012.. Information on Rural Low Income Housing.. June 01, 2012.. United States Department of Justice Investigates Mississippi's Service System for Persons with MI/DD.. January 27, 2012.. Back.. Viewing 1 to 7 of 7.. Next..

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  • Title: Our Programs
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  • Title: Programs and Services
    Descriptive info: Advocacy.. Contact -.. The Arc of Mississippi advocates on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by supporting families, furthering the implementation of legislation on behalf of persons with disabilities, empowering self-advocates, identifying best practices and working within the system to affect change.. Member Chapter Services.. Local chapters and their members are the grassroots of The Arc of Mississippi.. These local chapters are the organizations that make a difference in their communities and it is the task of the state office to gather and distribute pertinent information in a timely manner.. Supported Employment.. Maryann Robinson.. Securing an appropriate job match is vital to successful employment.. However, all efforts are in vain if thorough, personalized support services are not permanently available.. The mission of the Supported Employment program is to provide that ongoing support to people with disabilities in the workplace.. Community Outreach.. The mission of Community Outreach is to enhance Member and Chapter Services, give support to families and professionals, provide community education, and work within the system to bring about change.. The Arc provides current information about the causes and prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing materials at schools, health fairs, trainings and our web site.. This program continues to produce a quarterly newsletter and participate in Person Centered Planning meetings.. Community Outreach continues to develop and provide trainings for parents and professionals statewide.. Education Department.. This department provides support to families of students in school settings.. The education department provides trainings/presentations on IEP, 504, IDEA, Building Partnerships and other topics.. The Education Department serves on Focused Monitoring Team Visits with the Mississippi Department of Education.. The Education Department has been working on helping link individuals who are experiencing a transition with resources and services.. Yazoo Resource Center.. Charles Stevenson or Yolanda Kimble.. The Yazoo Resource Center serves over 90 people per week.. Of these people 75 have developmental disabilities.. The Center provides information and services for citizens with disabilities, the use of computers and a location for meetings.. In December 2001, a teacher was hired for the center, and it is now open five days a week.. Two computer classes are held daily for the individuals of Multi-Flex Industries with approximately 25 individuals in attendance.. Parent Professional Training.. Our office provides training to parents, parent groups, providers and professionals on a variety of topics.. The Arc also partners with state agencies and advocacy groups to implement promising practices.. Topics include:.. Inclusion in the Community/Life in the Community.. Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities/Human Rights.. Self Advocacy/Self Determination/Person Directed Planning.. Individual Supports/Service Coordination.. Employment.. Social Relationships/Sexuality.. Working with Families.. IDEA/IEP training with the department of Special Education.. Disability Awareness.. Person Centered Planning.. The Arc of Mississippi is a partner in conducting PCP’s and trainings throughout the state.. PCP’s are used to identify future goals and how  ...   of citizenship and community participation.. Providing disability awareness training to individuals (teachers, students, staff of support organizations, members of civic groups, etc.. ) with or without disabilities.. This training focuses on looking over and forgetting the negative stereotypes and misconceptions that many people have about individuals with disabilities, and more importantly focuses on the abilities and gifts that they have to offer their communities.. Direct Support Professional Opportunity.. 2,500 people in MS have enrolled in the College of Direct Support, 60,000+ lessons have been completed, 500+ graduates.. National credentialing is now available for direct support professionals.. Enrollment in the College of Direct Support is available to anyone who interacts with persons with disabilities.. To view more about the College of Direct Support go to.. www.. collegeofdirectsupport.. For more information about direct professionals go to.. NADSP.. This training is appropriate for families, health care professionals, home and community based waiver providers, regional centers, community mental health providers, teachers, paraprofessionals, case management, and many other professions.. CDS courses meet Mississippi Department of Mental Health requirements for direct care.. CDS courses meet the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and subsequent home and community based waiver services requirements.. There is now a bachelor's degree program on disability that fits nicely with the direct support profession.. It is all on line for busy people.. Contact Lisa for more information.. SPARQLE.. The Arc of Mississippi is sponsoring the first ever direct support professional membership organization in Mississippi.. SPARQLE stands for Support Professionals Advocating for Real Quality of Life for Everyone and is a state affiliate of the NADSP: National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals.. This professional organization will hold credentialing for the state, plan for additional training needs, link DSPs around the state, and participate in DSP-LINK.. for the application.. Bridge to Independence.. The Mississippi Division of Medicaid now offers the Bridge to Independence program for people who live in congregate settings.. The Arc of Mississippi plays an important role in the development and implementation of this important program.. 600 people are estimated to be able to participate in this opportunity.. APSE Mississippi.. Mississippi APSE is a membership organiation formed in 2007 to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities.. To accomplish this mission, APSE:.. Provides advocacy and education to customers of supported employment (SE), i.. e.. , supported employment professionals, consumers and their family members and supported employers.. Addresses issues and barriers which impede the growth and implementation of integrated employment services.. Improves SE practice so that individuals and communties experience SE as a quality service with meaningful outcomes.. Promotes national, state, and local policy development which enhances the social and economic inclusions and empowerment of all persons experiencing disabilities.. Educates the public and the business community on the value of including persons experiencing disabilities as fully participating community members..

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  • Title: Community Resources
    Descriptive info: Library.. Resource Directory.. Family Resource Guide.. TEMA Special Needs Registry..

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  • Title: Training Topics
    Descriptive info: Inclusion in the Community/Life in the Community.. Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities/Human Rights.. My Voice, My Choice Self Advocacy/Self Determination.. Individual Supports/Service Coordination.. Social Relationships.. Abuse Prevention.. Sexuality.. Community Living Options.. Person Directed Planning.. Working with Families.. IDEA/IEP.. Building Partnerships.. If you would like to take advantage of these trainings please call Cindy at (601) 982-1180 or 800-717-1180 ext.. 27..

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