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  • The Arc of Mississippi
    every community We focus on Abilities respect choice for all and encourage active citizenship and inclusion in every community One of every ten families in America has a member with an intellectual and developmental disability There are more than 7 5 million people in the U S with an intellectual and developmental disability Cognitive intellectual disability is a condition not a disease The Arc works to ensure that people with (2013-04-18)

  • About Us
    Publications Join Us Links Public Policy Contact Us Donate Now Join Our Email List About Us Mission Statement Staff and Board of Directors Chapters History Privacy Statement The Arc of Mississippi receives partial funding for this project from the Mississippi (2013-04-18)

  • Mission Statement
    own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well being Diversity The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics including but not limited to race ethnicity religion age geographic location sexual orientation gender and type of disability Guiding Principles Participatory Democracy The Arc acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities their parents siblings family members and other concerned members of the pblic have meaningful opportunities to inform and guide the direction of the organization s advocacy including determining policy and positions on important issues The Arc strives for diversity in its leadership as well as in all facets of the work of the organization Visionary Leadership The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and catalyzes public and private support in realization of that vision through carefully planned and well executed goals strategies and actions Public Interest The Arc represents the public interest supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families regardless of the type of disability or membership in The Arc Collaboration The Arc works with individuals organizations and coalitions in a collaborative fashion The Arc values and promotes effective partnerships between volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization Transparency Integrity and Excellence The Arc conducts its business with integrity accountability and open honest and timely communication The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does The Mission of The Arc Mississippi is To promote the general welfare of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the State of Mississippi To serve as a parent support and advocacy organization To further research on (2013-04-18)

  • Staff and Board of Directors
    2447 Hairston Bend Road Columbus MS 39702 normajones2447 hotmail com Central Region Sam Givhan 1323 3rd Avenue North Columbus MS 39701 sgivhan cableone net Southern Region Dyann Myzell 18243 Hwy 28 Taylorsville MS 39168 dimizell bayspringstel net Delta Region Cameron Stubbs 141 Bear Creek Circle Canton MS 39046 cstubbs mdrs state ms us At Large Directors Reva Hopkins 7009 Redbud Lane Ocean Springs MS 39564 revahopkins bellsouth net Term expires 7 2013 Polly Jo Duncan 134 N Clayton Street P O Box 786 Ripley MS 38663 0786 pollyjoduncan yahoo com Term expires 7 2014 Cherri Hedglin 1020 Ayers Lane Crystal Springs MS 39059 Cherri hedglin mdhs ms gov Term expires 7 2013 Harry McBride 8809 Bayou Castelle Gautier MS 39553 mcbrideharry90 gmail com Term expires 7 2013 Shirley Miller 456 Stillwood Drive Jackson MS 39206 miller shirley55 yahoo com Term expires 7 2014 Ricky Lee Boggan 339 County Estates Road Florence MS 39073 Rickey Boggan gmail com Term expires 7 2014 Ronnie Raggio 519 West Main Street Raymond MS 39154 rcraggio gmail com Term expires 7 2014 Staff Matt Nalker Executive Director matt arcms org Cindy Dittus Associate Director cindy arcms org Gwen Brown Administrative Coordinator gwen arcms org Lisa (2013-04-18)

  • Chapters
    of Clay County The Arc of Forrest County The Arc of the Gulf Coast The Arc of the Pine Belt Region Serving Jones Wayne Jasper Smith Covington Counties The Arc of Lowndes County The Arc of Northeast Mississippi Serving Tippah Union Lee Pontotoc and Prentiss Counties The Arc of Pearl River County The Arc of Southwest Mississippi Serving Amite Franklin Pike Wilkerson Walthall Marion Lincoln and Lawrence Counties The Arc (2013-04-18)

  • History
    a media campaign toeducate and prevent Hepatitis B The Arc develops and distributes materials to health professionals addressing the prevention of meningitis National and state offices of The Arc begin to join court suits to defend the rights of citizens with mental retardation living in state institutions and to ensure their right to education Advocacy intensified to strengthen individuals rights to be served by community based residential services Other efforts immigration benefits for dependents of service people early childhood fair labor standards as applied to workers with mental retardation lead paint poisoning immunization programs The Arc emphasized the complex issues surrounding the use of human subjects in research both biomedical and behavioral The Arc adopts a five year planning cycle andestablishes eleven service goals including increase the quantity and quality of research impacting upon prevention and quality of life actively encourage efforts to identify cures for disorders and conditions involved in mental retardation through basic research dissemination of relevant scientific findings and increased professional and public awareness The Arc awards a research grant to Kenneth Jones M D to continue work originally supported by the March of Dimes While supported by The Arc Dr Jones names the disorder Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Reflecting a growing service to adults as well aschildren the Association for Retarded Children s name was changed to the National Association for Retarded Citizens The association worked for two major programs which had significant impact on the lives of people with mental retardation Supplemental Security Income and Title Twenty Social Services Public Law 94 142 passes due to members hard work The Arc received two federal grants for theestablishment of the federal program information and assistance project project trained hundreds of advocates in the states about federal programs project developed three comprehensive federal resource guides The Arc worked toward extending andstrengthening two federal acts Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities The month of March became Mental RetardationMonth designed by The Arc and The Advertising Council The Arc addressed the issue of meeting the mental health needs of individuals with mental retardation 1980s The name was changed to Association forRetarded Citizens of the United States State and local chapters also adopted a uniform identity by becoming ARC of The Arc conducts a survey of state geneticscreening programs A listing of each state s specific infant screeningtests is developed and distributed to state andlocal chapters The death of a baby born with Down syndrome renewed efforts toward protecting the lives of other infants born with mental retardation and other disabilities National convention delegates approved aresolution declaring the right of all people to community based services Spearheaded meetings leading to the signing of the Principles of Treatment of Disabled Infants and the passage of Baby Doe Amendments to the Child Abuse Act Research was completed proving a computer system equipped with voice recognition and environmental controls could be configured for use by people who have profound mental retardation and severe physical impairments 11 major laws enacted in 1986 includingmandated preschool program and early (2013-04-18)

  • Events
    Join Our Email List Events MS disAbility Mega Conference June 20 2013 CONTACT The Crisis Line Supports All Populations April 02 2013 The iCan Connect Program Offers Free Communications Equipment January 22 2013 Important Information Regarding Transportation Needs Assessment November 08 2012 2011 2012 Annual Report July 12 2012 Information on Rural Low Income Housing June 01 2012 United States Department of Justice Investigates Mississippi s Service System for Persons (2013-04-18)

  • Our Programs
    Community Resources Training Topics Photo Gallery Donate Online Publications Join Us Links Public Policy Contact Us Donate Now Join Our Email List Our Programs Programs and Services Public Policy Community Resources Training Topics Photo Gallery Donate Online Home About Us (2013-04-18)