Welcome to The Arc NWMS!




Join our mailing list for the latest news



Wynelle Leonards
Back to School 
Monday, August 8, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Longview Heights Baptist Church
4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654
Building C, in the chapel

Child care is provided.

Friends of The Arc Spotlight Presenter
Emily Word, LIFE of Tupelo
Living Independence For Everyone

Call (901)907-9041, email rebecca@thearcnwms.org, or visit our website thearcnwms.org for information

... a program just for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs

In Sibshops
  • Brothers and sisters of kids with special needs have an opportunity to meet and talk with other kids who have siblings with unique needs
  • They will have the opportunity to talk about the good and the not-so-good parts of living with a sibling with special needs
  • Most important, Sibshops are fun! It is an opportunity to meet others, play games, do activities, and have snacks with new friends

Brothers and sisters of kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities often find it difficult to express their feelings about their sibling to others: anger towards a sibling when they display behaviors that prevent the family from going on outings, sadness that their sibling may not learn as quickly as they can, worry over chronic illness of their sibling, or the special pride felt when their sibling with special needs learns a basic but important life skill after months of practice.


Sibshops are a celebration of many contributions
made by brothers and sisters.

At Sibshops

Siblings will have the opportunity to share their feelings with other kids that truly understand. Facilitators will assist in this process. As well as peer support, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about their sibling's special needs.

General Information
  • Sibshops are for kids ages 6 - 13 years of age who have a brother or sister with special needs
  • Sibshops will meet at Longview Point Baptist Church in Hernando, MS, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on select Saturdays
  • Cost is $10 per child
  • Questions? Email: rebecca@thearcnwms.org
  • To register your child for Sibshops: http://www.thearcnwms.org/sibshops
Our next SibShop will be Saturday, August 20th
Register for SibShops

Little House Art Project
Little House Art Project began as an idea born of an art program for special needs children. But, why stop with artistically gifted, special needs teens? Many teens yearn for art instruction.

Little House Art Project is an opportunity for all teens to learn more about the fundamentals of art. Studies in light sources, painting still life, and more will be explored in this series of classes with Artist Vicky Neyman (member of Olive Branch Art Council and Gallery 12: A Coterie of Artists).

AGES 12 to 18

Spring and Fall Classes
will be held the Second Saturday of the month,
April through June and August through October.

9:00 a.m. to Noon

$25 per session includes supplies
Limited seating - 15 max.

To reserve your spot go to
Click on Little House Art Project to register

For more class information:

2126 Stateline Road East
Southaven, Mississippi
(in the parking lot of Graceland Christian Church)

APRIL 9 (rsvp by April 2)--Studies in Light Sources with pencil & chalk
MAY 14 (rsvp by May 7)--Still Life in acrylic paint on canvas
JUNE 11 (rsvp by June 4)--Plein Air-weather permitting: Mixed Media
Coming up: Aug 13; Sept 10; Oct 8; Nov 12


Join us for a sensory-friendly family movie at the Southaven Malco.
7130 Malco Boulevard, Southaven, MS
-Moderately dimmed lighting
-Comfortable temperature
-Lowered volume
-Guests are welcome to move around and be themselves
-Special pricing of $5.50 per ticket
-Movie begins at 9:30 a.m.
Great starter movie format for toddlers too!
Email sensorysaturdayinfo@gmail.com for more information.
Tickets available day of event only in theater lobby.

Upcoming Movies - Mark Your Calendars!

Attention Kroger Shoppers!  Please click the link below and sign up for Community Rewards to support The Arc Northwest Mississippi.  Every time you use your Kroger Card you will be helping people with special needs!


1.  Sign in or create an account.
2.  You can search for The Arc NWMS by name or you can search by our assigned number:  14251.
3.  Then use your Kroger Card to help The Arc Northwest Mississippi.

Families as Allies  &  Kings Leadership and Development Institute 
Leadership Training for Fathers & Father Figures

Dads, do you ever feel like you don't know the best way to support your child with a disability or their mother? 
If so, please join us for a day of support and education for dads and other men raising children who have physical, mental, or behavioral challenges.

Saturday, July 30, 2016
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Families as Allies
840 East River Place
Suite 500
Jackson, MS 39202

Childcare will be provided

Click Here to Register

The Arc Northwest 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, choice for all and encourage active citizenship and inclusion in every community. 

  • One in every ten families in America has a member with an intellectual and developmental disability.
  • One in 68 children are diagnosed with autism.
  • There are more than 7.5 million people in the U.S. 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.