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Thank You to everyone who supported Boots & BBQ 2016!  
We raised over $7,000 to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Congratulations to the winners and participants in the
Mississippi Miss Amazing Pageant!



Moderator, Matt Nalker
Executive Director, The Arc of Mississippi

Join us for an informative session with 4 adults who are successfully
navigating their lives with an intellectual and/or developmental disability.
Our panel will discuss the successes and challenges in their lives so far and their hopes for the future.

There will be a reception following the presentation where
the audience will be able to speak to our panelists individually.
Monday, May 9, 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
Apelah, Mississippi Foster Care Services
for children with special needs

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!
The Jungle Book 4/16
Ratchet & Clank 4/30
Angry Birds 5/21
Finding Dory 6/25


Field of Dreams
Registration for the Field of Dreams is open. Games will be played on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning April 18th. Families can stop by Snowden Grove to sign up or they can email Monica Kirby at mkirby@lhbc.me for a form.
The Taste of DESOTO 

The 12th Annual Taste of Desoto 
Sunday, April 24th, 2016  
4:00-8:00 p.m.
  Landers Center, Southaven,
TOD benefits: The Arc of Northwest Mississippi and The Hope Center
Restaurant registration is now open.
To register, click the link below:
Autism Awareness Golf Tournament 

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 

North Creek Golf Course 
8770 North Creek Blvd. 
Southaven, Mississippi 38671

Lunch will be served at 11:00
Tee time is 1:00 

New date coming soon!
Ages 15 – young adults
We will meet at
Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Business Center
for an evening of playing board games. 
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Light Snacks and Drinks will be provided. 
Feel free to bring a favorite snack to share.
Direction to Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Business Center:
Park in Old Towne and walk down the tunnel next to the OB Chamber of Commerce. 
The Business Center is on the right after the tunnel.

Supper Club is a social club for young adults who could
use a little help socializing with peers.  This is an opportunity
to meet with a small group in a low pressure setting.
Direct questions to rebecca@thearcnwms.org or (901) 907-9041.


The Arc Mid-South is hosting the "I Matter" Conference. This event will focus on financial & estate planning, the Social Security maze, and other invaluable information.

April 30, 2016

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
University of Memphis

For more information,

Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party

Saturday, May 7, 2016 

3:00 p.m. 

440 South Shady Grove Road
 Memphis, Tennessee 

*Derby Party Tickets $75 per ticket
For more information www.southernreins.org
Financial Planning Meeting
Shoemaker Financial
Exceptional plans for EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Financial Strategies for families with special needs
You understand the unique challenges and joys that daily life brings for families with special needs. And you realize that special needs extend beyond the everyday - to long-term financial strategies.

Join Nathan Powell, Financial Advisor, and Sloane Hankins, Attorney, Butler Snow LLP, at an exclusive educational event where you'll learn five important steps to help you take action and make critical decisions. Discussion will include key documents and strategies that can help ensure the continuing lifestyle and care you want for your loved one.

Thursday, May 12th
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

(light dinner provided)

Shoemaker Financial
2176 West Street, Suite 100
Germantown, TN 38138

Please RSVP to (901)757-5757 or Npowell@shoemakerfinancial.com


The Arc Northeast Mississippi Chapter is hosting

Picnic in the Park with the Arc!

Fun, Food, Games, and Prizes for all!

Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Oren Dunn Museum, Ballard Park
2629 Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801

FEATURING: Live Music * Petting Zoo * Pony Rides * Children's Games * Arts and Crafts * Train Rides * Wheel Chair Race * Fishing * Exhibits and Much More!

Disability awareness outreach for the entire community!

This is a free community event for all ages!

For more information or to register a booth, contact:
The Arc of Northeast Mississippi
Cheryl 662-397-0097 or Bradly 662-260-9018


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.

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.