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​September 19,  2014
​​​​​​Join the Plant Yourself team in Soda City this Saturday and let’s get growing!This Green Chairs project is one part of the Mixed Greens program sponsored in part by the SC Developmental Disabilities Council. Join us on Saturday morning anytime from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. surrounded by local vendors selling all kinds of ready-to-eat food, clothes, jewelry, crafts and plenty of farm fresh produce. We provide a resting spot and water for shoppers and chat with them about what we do and why we do it. We’ll also promote the Mixed Greens program and have fun taking wild pictures and posting on social media. We’ll also have a craft table for the young and young at heart! 

We’ll be wearing bright green T-shirts so you can’t miss us! 

This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden social skills and learn more about how a successful farmer’s market works. In the future, we will sell plants and vegetables grown in our community gardens. 

Follow the project and enter our monthly photo contests on Facebook. Grow with us and contact Natalie at for more information about any of the Mixed Greens projects.

Get informed and use your political voice!

September 23 is National Voter Registration Day and there are two events in Columbia and Greenville thanks to the Protection & Advoccy for People with Disabilities, Inc. and Able South Carolina.
This is a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities to learn about their voting rights and get registered to vote. It’s important for them to gain correct information and learn how they can express their opinion in future elections. Remember, there is an election this November in South Carolina.

At the events, people will have the opportunity to register to vote, practice using accessible voting machines, learn their voting rights, learn about voting accommodations and take a sneak peek at the November ballot!

There will be a short voter training at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The events are held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at one of the following locations:

Richland County Library SE
7421 Garner’s Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209

McAlister Square
225 S Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

For more information about the events, contact PAVA Coordinator Maggie Knowles at 803-217-6702 or at

Are you ready to dance for a good cause?
Lana Fitness with Melissa Wheels for Lana Zumbathon
Join us as we move and groove for Lana Swancey, a 13-year-old living with Canavan Disease. Lana is the only young person in SC (to our knowledge) who suffers from this rare disease. On Saturday, Oct. 18, we are supporting Lana in a special Zumbathon at the Philips Market Center in West Columbia. If you prefer not to dance that’s ok; we still want your support!
The purpose of the Zumbathon and group overall is to raise money to buy a van to transport Lana in so she can go out and watch her older brother play baseball or hang out in the community with her friends and family. She is full of life as she has had a successful surgery to halt her disease.
Canavan disease is an inherited disorder that causes progressive damage to nerve cells in the brain. This disease is one of a group of genetic disorders called leukodystrophies which is characterized by the degeneration of myelin. Myelin is the fatty covering that insulates the nerve fibers.
For more information about our group, e-mail Visit the Giving Lana Wheels page on Facebook and visit the fundraising site to donate and learn more.
Let’s roll for Lana!
Best Buddies at USC has launched

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​​The University of South Carolina has launched their Best Buddies program last Sunday along with great help from The Arc of South Carolina. The students had fun at the Speed Dating event in which they got to know participants.

This Sunday, they are having a matching party from 4-5 p.m. at the Horseshoe on USC’s campus. There are quite a few events planned. For more information about the program, contact Sarah at

Training Opportunity: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)– A Hidden Disability

Suspects/Offenders’ Issues Series: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – A Hidden Disability – September 25 @ 1:30 ET.  Criminal suspects and offenders often have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), a disability which is frequently undiagnosed and yet is often the key to understanding the individual and dealing with him or her.  The American Bar Association and American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, have recently passed resolutions indicating the seriousness of this condition and the importance of recognition and treatment. Research indicates that 60% of individuals with this disorder will be arrested at some point in their lives and 50% will be incarcerated or placed in a locked mental health facility. A Canadian study of youth in juvenile facilities found 40 times the expected rate of individuals with FASD. This session will explore the reasons for these numbers as well as some strategies for appropriate intervention both before and after arrest. Dawnmarie Bisgard will describe some of the reasons for the response of individuals living with FASDs to law enforcement officers from the perspective of the affected individual. Ms. Bisgard will discuss strategies which were able to change an expected recidivism rate of 50% to 15% for youth with FASDs who were on Probation in the 17th Judicial District of Colorado during a study funded by the FASD Center for Excellence.

​​Do you know of someone with I/DD with a story to tell?
Let us know about someone in your community that has an intellectual or developmental disability who would provide for a great feature story. You can contact us at or and let’s show off their great abilities and personality.
Other Arc Midlands sponsored programs: 
Mixed Greens is an awesome community gardens and projects group with fun and inclusive activities to be scheduled throughout the year
Walk with Ease – is about getting people in the community together to promote and increase physical activity and build new friendships. The program includes people with and without developmental and intellectual disabilities that walk with one another. It’s a great way for people to meet friends and stay active!  We offer structured 18 week programs onsite (schools and residential settings) and weekly Saturday walks.
Wings for Autism: The Arc of the Midlands in collaboration with The Arc of South Carolina, Pro Parents, and SC Autism society are planning to implement a Wings for Autism program in Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC in spring 2015. Wings for Autism® is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and aviation professionals. 
NCCJD Chapter Champions for Justice:  Through this program, The Arc of the Midlands will help build the capacity of the criminal justice system to effectively identify, serve and protect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), many of whom have “mild” disabilities that often go unnoticed among criminal justice professionals without appropriate training.  Follow NCCJD on Facebook!
Project Search is a business-led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration!  The Arc of the Midlands in partnership with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department and Lexington School District 1 has been awarded a grant through the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council to develop a Project Search site in the Columbia area.
Happy Friday!
Hot Links:
  • Sweet Tooth? You’ll want to make a special trip to Lawrenceville, Ga., and sample some tasty treats and sweets! 
  • Have you liked us? Check out the Plant Yourself Facebook page.
  • Keep contacting your Senator about the CRPD 2014. Check out our blog for more information. Tweet and Facebook your support with #SC4CRPD and #CRPD.
  • Save the dates:Midlands Job FairOctober 10, 2014, sponsored by the Columbia Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, SCWorks Midlands and the National Guard

    FASD Fall Conference October 17th, 2014, sponsored by the SCFASD CollaborativeSouth Carolina Interagency Transition Conference
    November 17-18, 2014, Building Bridges: Constructing and Navigating Transition Services For Youth with Disabilities

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