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February 13,  2015

Love is in the air. Lock it up!

Love. Grow. Build. is set to sprout May 2 in Lexington! Thanks to Alonzo and Associates LLC for allowing The Arc of the Midlands to use space for a community garden and love lock wall!

All people — with and without lifelong disabilities — are invited to share in the joy of gardening May 2 while making one part of Lexington prettier. The love lock wall will stand behind the garden and people may donate at least $20 and receive a heart shaped lock (as pictured above). The lock will be personally engraved and then you and your loved one(s) can lock up your love forever. Let’s stop crowding and destroying the Lake Murray Dam and spread love throughout Lexington! More details to come as they blossom. Contact Natalie at natalie@arcmidlands.org for more information.


First Transition Fair successful at Lexington-Richland District 5!


​More than 100 families in Lexington-Richland District 5 were given a plethora of information at the Transition Fair Feb. 10 at Irmo High School. Providers and agencies from across the Midlands talked with families of middle and high school students with lifelong disabilities about what they offer and how they can help students transition successfully after graduation. The next transition fair is scheduled for Lexington District 3 students from 5-8 p.m. March 5 at Batesburg-Leesville High School. Providers and agencies are lining up. For more information about participating, contact Melinda Moore at Melinda@arcmidlands.org.


Plant Yourself at Soda City from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Feb. 21 or anytime in between. The Mixed Greens team will be somewhere on the 1500 Block of Main Street in downtown Columbia hanging out with local vendors, farmers and other small businesses. For more information, contact Natalie at Natalie@arcmidilands.org or talk or text to 803-479-8773.

Disability Advocacy Day returns to the SC Statehouse March 4. Visit www.scdisabilityadvocacy.org for the schedule and more information.

Learn about the ins and outs of nonprofits in the Community Leadership Academy from 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 3-April 7 at Able SC’s Midlands Office located at 136 Stonemark Lane, Ste. 100, Columbia, SC 29210. For more information or to register e-mail dtempio@able-sc.org or call 800-681-6805 or TTY 803-779-0949.

Let technology be your friend at the SC Assistive Technology Expo. Dream, believe and achieve. All are invited to the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center from 9 am-4 pm March 26. The location is: 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169. For more information, click here.

Wings for Autism is flying in to Columbia April 18. This airport rehearsal program allows kids and adults on the autism spectrum to get a feel for flying to ease any anxiety they may have. We are thrilled to partner with Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Delta, The Arc of SC, PRO-Parents of SC, SC Autism Society and Early Autism Project. Registration is forthcoming. In the meantime, like us on Facebook for updates and more!

Have family-friendly fun at Abundant Life Therapy’s Kid Biking for Kids Bike Race. Bring your bikes and don’t forget your helmet as kids from 3-13 years are invited to participate in a 1-mile fun loop at Lake Carolina’s Village Green, 212 Eascott Place, Columbia, SC 29229. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. April 18 and proceeds benefit the Abundant Life Equipment Lending Library. For more information, call 803-720-5240 or e-mailabundantlifetherapy@gmail.com.

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) will launch their event in Columbia May 4 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. If you are in the law enforcement field or a first responder, please contact Melinda Moore at melinda@arcmidlands.org. We also want to connect with families and people with I/DD.

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. Farmer’s markets, community gardens, Little Green Wagon and Adopt-a-Pot make up the programs in Mixed Greens. Learn gardening and sustainability skills while making new friendships!
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, Early Autism Project 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-Richland School District 5 has been awarded a grant through the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council to develop a Project Search site in the area.

Alcohol & Pregnancy: Not worth the risk

The Arc of the Midlands received toolkits and the posters (as pictured above) to give to Ob/Gyns, pregnancy centers and other healthcare providers in regards to the Fetal Alchol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Project. If  you know of a healthcare provider, please let us know by emailing Natalie at Natalie@arcmidlands.org.

Happy Friday!


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