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“What are you doing for others?


Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Arc is excited to be chosen as one of 10 organizations across the nation in charge of organizing a community service event working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This event to be held Jan. 18 aims to fight hunger and help as many local residents as possible. Through the hard work of our volunteers, and the generosity of our community, The Arc of the Midlands will collect grocery donations used to restock the inventory given out daily at Sharing God’s Love in Irmo.
In addition to this collection, we will also be partnering with a local organization to create a day of giving for any local residents in need of a hot meal.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans participate in the annual ​MLK  Jr. National Day of Service, the nation’s largest day of civic engagement. In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, and charged CNCS with leading this effort.

​As planning continues we will send out further information regarding dates, times, locations, and volunteer information for all who are interested. In the meantime, feel free to contact Doug for more information.

Tech Toolbox offers apps, technology devices to help overcome challenges

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience unique challenges. So unique, in fact, that a diagnosis alone can be inadequate in identifying the interventions most likely to improve outcomes. It’s more useful instead to identify ​someone​ by the specific challenge, or group of challenges, one faces (eg. verbal communication; inability to interact socially; loud noise avoidance; etc.) and target interventions to help overcome those challenges.
Against this backdrop exists an ecosystem of assistive technologies (apps being the fastest growing category) and interventions that promise improved development outcomes, but most lack evidence and/or data to back their claims or specificity about the audience for whom they’re designed. Lacking a reliable method for sorting the credible and the scientifically proven from the dubious and unreliable, PWIDD and their support network are unaware of approaches that would help them live with greater independence. When they do find products or interventions, it can be difficult to tell whether they would be a good fit for the individual’s circumstances. The noise in this space, and the need to try multiple approaches before finding the right one, contribute to the fact that raising a child with a cognitive disability costs as much as 10x the cost of raising a neurotypical child.
To address this major gap in the community, The Arc built a beta launched a web application called the Tech Toolbox.

Save the Dates!

Have a Little Green Christmas  at Soda City from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ​Dec. 5. 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@arcmidlands.org or talk or text to 803-622-1469. ​#LittleGreenXmas​
Give back to the community and help us work on the Lexington Butterfly Garden. We are having an Egg-cellent Easter Hunt by the Butterfly Garden and need to work on it this winter. Immediate work dates are: Dec. 17

and Jan. 21 from 3-4 pm. For more information, contact Natalie at Natalie@arcmidlands.org or talk or text to 803-622-1469. #GiveBack

Check out Project SEARCH at Parkridge!

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Our Project SEARCH team is learning, thriving and prospering at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge. Our team of interns and their incredible job coaches led by Sandi Batten do a fabulous job working together. Check out the progress and pictures here.

Other Arc Midlands projects:

The Arc@Work creates a pipeline for youth and adults with I/DD into inclusive, sustainable employment with comprehensive supports in state and federal government agencies. We also provide employer training for continued satisfaction for employer partners thanks to funding from SC Developmental Disabilities Council​. Additionally, new employees utilize the TalentScout toolkit providing for higher levels of productivity.

Let’s Talk is an innovative and inclusive 20-week self-advocacy training program ​ funded by SC Developmental Disabilities Council​, for adults with I/DD, encourages people with disabilities to be involved in their community and voice their opinions using 21st century skills while utilizing various media sources.

​​Mixed Greens is an awesome community gardens and projects group with fun and inclusive activities to be scheduled throughout the year​ thanks to SC Developmental Disabilities Council​. 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!

Kick IT Karate This program provides opportunities for individuals in the special needs community to explore and participate in martial arts in a fun accepting environment! The Arc of the Midlands in collaboration with Capital Karate and the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council offers a FREE 12-week orientation/white belt karate program designed to prepare individuals with special needs for integration into mainstream programs.  The program launched in July 2014 and is in full swing.  Programs are structured so new students can start/rotate in on any Saturday.

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 implementing a Wings for Autism program in Columbia, SC in spring 2015 and in Augusta, GA in spring 2016. 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.

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