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The Arc is the nation’s largest and leading organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families with a 60 year history of promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.

Si tiene un niño o miembro de la familia con una incapacidad intelectual o de desarrollo, puede contactuar Pathfinder a: 615-875-5083 para recibir más información sobre recursos y servicios.

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Our Saturday, April 12, 2014 2nd annual Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge fundraising event was a success! Twelve teams of 10 pulled an airplane across the tarmac to raise money for The Arc Tennessee! To see photos and awards, click HERE. Watch The Arc TN Flyers pull!

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OP4G is having a contest called Race to Summer to support our mission. From April 1st to July 1st, each and every new member The Arc Tennessee refers will result in $1.00 added to our account. For more information on OP4G, click the Ways to Support Us navigation link on the left. So.... what are you waiting for? Sign up today to participate! It is easy and fun. If you are already signed up, please ask all your friends, family and contacts to sign up! The link to sign up for The Arc of Tennessee is https://panel.op4g.com/members/new?&code=arctn1234.

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Registration is open for the Tennessee Disability MegaConference! For details go to the MegaConference website by clicking HERE.

The Tennessee Works Partnership needs parents across Tennessee to participate in a survey (Learning from Tennessee Families Impacted by Disability) focused on their expectations and support needs related to their sons or daughters with intellectual disability, autism, or other developmental disabilities. This information will be used to develop free resources and trainings for families as well as inform policy and legislative changes to expand community opportunities for people with disabilities in Tennessee.

A full description of the study and a link to the online survey can be found at www.tennesseeworks.org/survey.  We will randomly select 50 parents who complete the survey to receive a $25 gift card for participating! [You can also request print copies by contacting Carly Blustein].

April is Autism Awareness Month. So, how do we get from simple awareness to true acceptance? We believe the journey begins with information. Find out more about The Autism NOW National Autism Resource & Information Center by clicking the link below.

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The Arc Tennessee was selected to receive a sub-grant for $30,000 through The Arc’s School-to-Community Transition Initiative! This project was made possible through generous support from the AT&T Foundation. The grant is a collaborative effort between The Arc Tennessee and three local chapters: The Arc Cumberland Valley, The Arc Davidson County, and The Arc Williamson County. These organizations will be providing a variety of recruitment and employment supports for Next Steps at Vanderbilt and IDEAL at Lipscomb University, both post secondary programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more about this project HERE.

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What challenges and joys arise when people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families age? The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and The Arc Tennessee want to interview families about the issue of aging and then share what we learn with policymakers. If you or your family member has an intellectual or developmental disability and is over the age of 40, we would like to sit down (for about an hour) and learn from you. Please email: Courtney Taylor or call (615) 322-5658.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine is conducting a Brain Imaging Study of Adults with Down Syndrome. The goal of the study is to investigate new ways to detect brain changes associated with Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease. For more information read the brochure HERE.

In the video I'm Thinking College, Even With My Disability, students with intellectual disabilities talk about their experiences at college and highlight the need for more such programs. The video was developed by the Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

ResearchMatch (RM), the country’s first nationwide, non-profit volunteer research recruitment platform for all health conditions has launched a sub-registry for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. RM has a simple goal – to bring together people who are trying to find research studies and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free, secure online registry. Click HERE for more information.

Recent articles of interest on the Tennessean's website: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140316/NEWS01/303160102/Tennesseans-disabilities-lack-safety-net-after-finishing-school

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/03/30/disabled-womans-death-highlights-challenges/7064757/

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/01/19/tn-families-left-only-with-questions-after-deaths-in-state-care/4617467/

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/04/13/legal-concerns-raise-treatment-costs-didd/7682291/

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