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The Arc is the nation’s largest and leading organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families with a 60 year history of promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.
Si tiene un niño o miembro de la familia con una incapacidad intelectual o de desarrollo, puede contactuar Pathfinder a: 615-875-5083 para recibir más información sobre recursos y servicios.
March is national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and The Arc invites you to join us on March 29 in a grassroots initiative to help raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Make your plans to go out somewhere in public on Saturday, March 29 with friends and family or by yourself and enjoy the things you like to do. And, in the process help raise awareness and generate some conversation about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This one-day movement will serve to harness our collective power to gain allies, foster understanding, dispel myths and encourage people without disabilities to recognize that we’re not so different after all. This March 29, let’s all go out and start breaking down those social barriers once and for all. This is your chance to personally help raise awareness about people with I/DD!
And, be sure to spread the word on social media during the month of March. Follow The Arc online at Facebook www.facebook.com/thearcus or Twitter www.twitter.com/thearcus and be sure to show us what you end up doing on March 29 by sharing your photos using the hashtag #DDAware.
The Wright's Law special education law training being held Thursday, March 13, 2014 venue has changed! Click the Events Calendar link for details!
Join us Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00 am for the 2nd annual Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge fundraising event! Teams of 10 will attempt to pull an aircraft across the tarmac to raise money for The Arc Tennessee. Prizes will be given for the fastest pull, the slowest pull and the most enthusiastic team! The team and individual that raises the most money will be recognized. For all information click HERE.
Registration is open for the Tennessee Disability MegaConference! For details go to the MegaConference website by clicking HERE.
The Arc Tennessee has been selected to receive a sub-grant for $30,000 through The Arc’s School-to-Community Transition Initiative! This project was made possible through generous support from the AT&T Foundation. The grant is a collaborative effort between The Arc Tennessee and three local chapters: The Arc Cumberland Valley, The Arc Davidson County, and The Arc Williamson County. These organizations will be providing a variety of recruitment and employment supports for Next Steps at Vanderbilt and IDEAL at Lipscomb University, both post secondary programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more about this project HERE.
What challenges and joys arise when people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families age? The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and The Arc Tennessee want to interview families about the issue of aging and then share what we learn with policymakers. If you or your family member has an intellectual or developmental disability and is over the age of 40, we would like to sit down (for about an hour) and learn from you. Please email: Courtney Taylor or call (615) 322-5658
Vanderbilt School of Medicine is conducting a Brain Imaging Study of Adults with Down Syndrome. The goal of the study is to investigate new ways to detect brain changes associated with Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease. For more information read the brochure HERE.
In the video I'm Thinking College, Even With My Disability, students with intellectual disabilities talk about their experiences at college and highlight the need for more such programs. The video was developed by the Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.
ResearchMatch (RM), the country’s first nationwide, non-profit volunteer research recruitment platform for all health conditions has launched a sub-registry for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. RM has a simple goal – to bring together people who are trying to find research studies and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free, secure online registry. Click HERE for more information.
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This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.