The Arc of the Midlands implements several state-wide and regional programs that are funded by grants from government, private foundations and other dedicated sources. These programs encompass our state-wide initiatives:

Wings for Autism®

Wings for Autism® is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals. Originated by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc, Wings for Autism® is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security and board a plane. Wings for Autism® also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe and interact with individuals who have autism spectrum disorders, and to deliver their services in a structured learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities and that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel. Read more about Wings for Autism®.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities in their last year of high school 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 was awarded a grant through the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council to develop a Project SEARCH site at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge. Project SEARCH is also statewide with opportunities for young people to gain training and become employed upon graduating high school!

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National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability

The Arc of the Midlands is pleased to announce it has selected to work with The Arc of the United States  to develop a national center on criminal justice and disability, with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).   This is the first national effort of its kind to bring together both victim and suspect/offender issues involving people with I/DD under one roof. According to the National Crime Victim Survey of 2010, the victimization rate is twice as high for individuals with disabilities as for to those without disabilities. Read more about NCCJD.

FASD Prevention Project

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention Project seeks to increase provider knowledge of the risks alcohol poses to a fetus; the use of FASD prevention strategies, including the use of screening and assessment methods; and the use of consistent messaging with patients: drinking while pregnant can cause FASD. Read more about the FASD Prevention Project.

  • South Carolina FASD Collaborative Fall Forum:  October 17, 2014
  • State-wide Provider Outreach: Ongoing