News and Events Archive


  • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

    In 1987 President Reagan proclaimed that March was “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” The deinstitutionalization movement of the 1970s and early 1980s had laid the foundation for significant social change, and the presidential proclamation urged Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential.  In recognition of the commemoration, The Arc Mid-South has held several events.

    On February 8, members of The Arc Mid-South attended Disability Day on the Hill in Nashville. Read more.

    On March 9, high school juniors and seniors with special needs attended a Job Readiness workshop. Read more.

    The Arc Mid-South hosted its annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on March 11 featuring the Memphis Rollin' Grizzlies, members of the National Wheelchair Basketball League. Read more.

  • “Thanks to our 2016 donors and sponsors, without you, our mission would not be possible……there are so many great things ahead and The Arc Mid-South would love for you to join us in our journey next year,” Ms. Leaper said. “If you would like to learn more about The Arc, please contact us -- we would love to talk to you and help you find ways to make a difference in the lives of the individuals and families served by The Arc Mid-South.  Mrs. Leaper added: “I believe that we are all people first and because of that, regardless of any developmental or intellectual differences, everyone deserves the same rights and opportunities.“


  • More than 200 supporters attended the 21st Annual Awards & Benefit Gala at Hilton Memphis Saturday. Thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors and auction donors who helped make The Arc Mid-South’s major fundraiser such a success! Read More.

  • Volunteer Advocacy Project - this 12 week program trains volunteers to become special education advocates who can provide instrumental and effective support to families of children with disabilities. Read More.

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Read More.

  • Parent/Caregiver Trainings with STEP Inc. Read More.

  • The Arc Mid-South thanks all of its supporters who attended our 2nd Annual International Tea and Fashion Show on September 17th. Read More.

  • The Arc Mid-South’s advocacy staff and a group of self-advocates met on August 24 with U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen to discuss a few issues that are important to the disability community. Read More.

  • July 26th 2016 - The Americans with Disabilities Act proved to be a revolutionary tool that strengthened the U.S. workforce, made society more inclusive and improved the lives of millions of people with disabilities. That was U.S. Atty. Edward Stanton’s assessment, shared at the 26th anniversary celebration of the federal law’s passage. His speech was one highlight of the gathering at Memphis City Hall, which was sponsored by The Arc Mid-South. Read More.

  • "I Matter"Conference: The Arc Mid-South recently educated a packed room at the University of Memphis about the legal and educational options available to young people with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. Read More.

  • Thanks everyone who made our annual “Hoops from the Heart” Wheelchair Basketball 2016 such a big success. Read More.
  • On January 27, 2016, The Arc Mid-South had the opportunity to attend Disability Day on the Hill in Nashville, Tennessee. Read More.


  • The Arc Mid-South hosted its “Creating Independence….Supporting Literacy” 65th Anniversary and Benefits Gala on October 17th at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Read More.
  • The Arc Mid-South celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with its own parade in downtown Memphis on July 22, 2015. Read More.
  • The Arc Mid-South hosted its first Tea around the world,” International Tea and Fashion Show Extravaganza on Saturday, May 9th at the Crowne Plaza East.  With over 200 guests in attendance, this event was a huge success. Read More.


  • A Special thank you to our Volunteers, Guests, Donors, Sponsors, and Supporters. We couldn't have done it without you! The Arc Gala 2014 Highlights
  • Prestigious Award - Four Star Award, We are extremely proud of this award again this year! Read More.

  • The 2014 fall session of the Volunteer Advocacy Project was hosted on Monday mornings from August to November. Read More.
  • The Arc Mid-South celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness month on Friday, October 31st. Read More.
  • The University of Memphis men’s basketball team enjoyed a day with The Arc. Read More.
  • Folks had a great time enjoying the music and laughter at the Sweetheart Ball held on Feb 8 at the weekend retreat at SOS. Parents and caregivers got the chance to visit and enjoy one another's company as their loved ones enjoyed the party.  Click here to see pictures from the event.
  • Click here to read "My First Tutoring Session at The Arc Mid-South"
    by Stephanie Turner, 29, of Bartlett was crowned Mrs. Tennessee International and will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International 2014 during the final competition in Jacksonville, Fla., July 22-28.

    Turner, a pharmacist, volunteers for many local organizations and will continue to support The Arc Mid-South and SRVS as her platform during her reign as Mrs. Tennessee International. She has an adult sister with Down syndrome and knows firsthand the issues adults with disabilities face. She plans to advocate for more resources for adults with disabilities.





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