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​September 5,  2014

Plant Yourself is ready to launch this month at the Soda City market in downtown Columbia!


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 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. 


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.


FASD Awareness Day – September 9


Spread the word  #FASDay 

Every year on September 9, communities throughout the United States and the world observe FASD Awareness Day. Events are held at 9:09–the 9th minute of the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month of the year. This date and time is used to remind women not to drink during the 9 months of pregnancy.

You can learn how to promote awareness about FASD, by visiting the links below.



Resolutions and Legislature

Public Service Announcements

FASD Awareness Day 2014 Flyer


FASD Awareness Day 2014 Banners


Remember, FASD is 100 percent preventable. FASD Awareness Day is an important day with an important message, but we can spread that message all year long!  



Chatting with Calvin!

​​Calvin Smith is well on his way to becoming a local celebrity by now. You may recognize him from WIS TV’s feature on the Kick It Karate program that takes place every Saturday at East West Martial Arts in Irmo. In addition to learning self-defense moves, he’s also involved in a plethora of activities. Just try and keep up with him!


When it comes being with people, Calvin is used to large groups. After all, he has seven siblings altogether! His three older sisters are Terri, Nichole and Natasha. His younger siblings are Shani, Saudia, Raheem and Devon. Seems there’s never a dull moment!


In addition to kicking it at karate, Calvin stays involved in his church, volunteers at the library and participates in Richland County Sheriff Department’s Citizens Academy. He’s also started getting involved with USC’s Best Buddies program. Whew!


When he’s not being involved in his community, he enjoys traveling. In fact, he’s visited England, Hawaii, the Bahamas, South Korea and more than a few states across the US.


Calvin’s other interests encompass quite a few interests. While traveling is a favorite, anything to do with technology and electronics are a passion of his. He enjoys playing on the Wii and other games or just chilling with a good DVD.


He’s also into photography, Solitaires, foreign languages, bowling and letting loose at Frankie’s Fun Park. Thanks for letting us get to know you Calvin!


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.



Behind the Scenes with WIS at Kick It 

On Tuesday, Renee Standera from WIS TV came to film a special segment on the Kick It Karate program at East West MA in Irmo. The segment aired on Thursday at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the Good News slot. Everyone was excited to feel what it’s like to be a movie star for a day!


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. 
Inspiration as seen on TV:
Hot Links:
  • All-day marathon. Check out The Specials on the OWN channel Sept. 7.
  • In the NewsICYMI, check out WIS TV’s coverage of Kick It Karate here.
  • Keep contacting your Senator about the CRPD 2014. Check out our blog for more information.
  • Save the dates:Midlands Job Fair –October 10, 2014sponsored by the Columbia Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, SCWorks Midlands and the National Guard

    FASD Fall ConferenceOctober 17th, 2014, sponsored by the SCFASD Collaborative

    South Carolina Interagency Transition Conference
    November 17-18, 2014Building Bridges:Constructing and Navigating Transition Services For Youth with Disabilities

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