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Parent Support Group Meeting
Dr. Sheila Williamson, PhD; BCBA-D

This meeting will be an open forum for discussion of any issues facing our I/DD community.  
Come for a fun evening of friendship, support, and fellowship with others who understand the
unique issues that special needs families face everyday.
Monday, June 13, 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
Mark Loftis - Financial Services Executive
Strategic Financial Partners, an office of MetLife

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

Save the dates!
Week 1 (ages 3-6 yrs) June 21-24
Week 2 (ages7-10 yrs) June 27-July 1
Week 3 (ages 11-15 yrs) July 11-15
Week 4 (ages 16 yrs-adult) July 18-22

For information or an application



... 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
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!
Finding Dory 6/25

National Autism Association (NAA) is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for their
Give A Voice Program.

The intent of this program is to provide communication devices to individuals with autism who are non-verbal or minimally verbal, and whose communication challenges put them at increased risk of injury or harm.

They have limited funding for this program. Every application will be carefully reviewed and all information submitted will be verified by NAA staff. This program is intended for families who are in dire need of financial assistance and are otherwise unable to attain a communication device either privately, through a school district or insurance provider.

NAA's Give A Voice Program will provide qualifying individuals with an assistive communication device including:

-16GB Apple iPad Mini (WiFi version)
-AppleCare+ Protection Plan
-Avatalker AAC communication software app
-Protective Case by Gripcase USA

For full program details and eligibility requirements, click here.

Funding is always needed for this program. To become a sponsor or make a tax-deductible donation,
please click here.

Longview Heights Baptist Church
Four Friends Special Needs Ministry

Special Needs Vacation Bible School

June 6-10, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ALL ages and ALL abilities!

For more information and registration, click here


Longview Heights Baptist Church

Four Friends Special Needs Ministry

TNT Summer Program 2016

Bible Study, Field Trips, Crafts, and More!

June 13 thru July 28

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In 2016, there will be two choices for the summer program. The first option will be the Tuesday/Thursday program. The second option and new this year will be the Monday/ Wednesday program. Both programs run for 7 weeks and the cost of each program is $300.
*Mondays and Tuesdays will be field trip days visiting some favorite "venues" as well as a few new ones.

*Wednesdays and Thursdays will be on-campus days with curriculum designed to intrigue and challenge artistic energies.

*Participants must be at least 12 years of age and will need to complete a registration packet along with a $75 deposit (applied toward balance) to reserve a spot. (Space for both programs is limited.)

Both programs will offer the same consistent programming you have grown to love staffed by caring individuals insuring your student is well cared for while having fun in a supportive and nurturing environment.

For additional information or to request a registration packet, please contact Monica Kirby at 662-895-1900 or by email at mkirby@lhbc.me


The Baddour Center Presents...
Your Opportunity for a Unique Respite
Summer Program 2016

June 5-10, 2016 (females)                    July 10-15, 2016 (males)
 June 19-24, 2016 (males)                    July 24-29, 2016 (females)

Children and young adults (ages 16-35) with intellectual disabilities are invited to a unique experience at The Baddour Center in Senatobia, MS. Participants will spend the entire week on The Baddour Center's campus participating in activities, such as theme nights, art, music therapy, intramural sports, and much more!

Mississippi disAbility MegaConference
June 16-17, 2016

Jackson Downtown Marriott


The Mississippi disAbility MegaConference is the state's largest conference for people with disabilities, their families, and professionals. At the conference, speakers and vendors will share the latest information and innovations on many topics such as healthcare, education, employment, mental health, safety, and much more!

The conference is a great way for people to make new friends and learn about services that may benefit their lives in the future.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Museum of Natural Science
Summer Camp 2016

Remember those magical childhood summer days spent exploring the outdoors? This June, your children can experience similar adventures!  Register your children for summer camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. Age-appropriate camps include: “Go Outdoors…Camp!”, “Jr. Naturalist Camp”, and “Field Camp” for children entering kindergarten through entering twelfth grade.

“Campers spend their time enjoying outdoor investigations and hands-on learning opportunities,” says Museum Education Coordinator Megan Fedrick. Spaces are limited to keep the camps as hands-on as possible. Camp prices range from $115 to $220.

For complete details on each camp (including dates, times, dress, and meals) and to register, click here


Journey Skyward
with the
Journey of Hope!

Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle trek beginning on the west coast and ending in Washington D.C.  The event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.  The Journey of Hope is a ride with a purpose!

Saturday, July 23, 2016
John Bell Williams Field, Raymond, MS
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join Us To "Meet the Cyclists!" and Be a Co-Pilot in an Airplane!
We have limited spaces for flights - if you want to fly, please RSVP as soon as possible to Matt Nalker @ 602-355-0220 or Rickey Anderson @ 601-969-4009.

Attention young adults:

Camp Conquest (a Christ-centered, overnight camp for children and adults with special needs and disabilities) in Memphis, TN is looking for volunteer counselors.

For more information


The National Autism Association is happy to announce that it is now accepting applications for its Helping Hand Program. This program provides grant funding for medical treatment, lab testing, medications and supplements not covered by insurance.

For complete guidelines,

Duffel Bag & Luggage Drive
Mississippi Children's Home Services

A child should never use a trash bag for luggage

Please help by donating new or gently used luggage or duffel bags for children in foster care, shelters or residential care.

Donation drop off location
9855 Highway 178 A & B
Olive Branch MS

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.



Do you have any legos at your house that you are not using?
Would you consider donating them to The Arc NWMS?
If you can answer YES to these questions, contact rebecca@thearcnwms.org or call (901) 907-9041! 



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.