National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Annual 2-Day Workshop and Resource Fair 

The Arc Mid-South hosted its annual 2 day workshop on March 12 & 13, 2015 at the Anointed Temple of Praise Church.  The workshop consisted of fun interactive activities, knowledgeable speakers, and resource information geared for students in special education classes. Students from various geographical areas throughout Shelby County High Schools attended the workshop, including Trezevant, Ridgeway, Overton, and Avon Lenox. 

An array of topics, ranging from Tiger Life, to Overcoming Obstacles, to weathering the channels of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services. 

Speakers shared their personal life stories of their “success” despite living with a disability.  As Maurice Williams, of the University of Memphis’ Tiger Life said best, “We don’t have a disability, we just have different abilities.” 

Students were in amazement as they were challenged to view themselves as over comers and encouraged to know that they have the ability to accomplish their goals.

The highlight of the workshop was Day 2, which consisted of a host of vendors that provided useful resources to assist the students in their transition to adulthood.  Vendors consisted of the Tennessee Career Center, Specialized Learning Center, and Workforce Investment, just to name a few. 

The conclusion of the workshop was a Keynote Address from none other than a representative from the Shelby County Schools, Patricia Beane, the Department of Exceptional Children, as she shared the transition plan for students graduating from the public school sector.

The workshop was a definite success, as students proceeded back to school with insight and tools that will inspire them to achieve their greatest possibilities.

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