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Hey! Did you know you can sign up for grocery pick up?

The Kroger Store located at 3095 Goodman Road East in Southaven, MS offers this service and can be found at https://www.kroger.com/storecatalog/clicklistbeta/#/.

The Wal Mart located at 7950 Craft Goodman Frontage Road in Olive Branch, MS also has begun offering this service. Start shopping at https://grocery.walmart.com/usd-estore/m/register/signin-only.jsp


Cindy Dittus
Sexuality 101: The How, What, Where and Why 

Knowledge is Power!
We will discuss -
How early do you start talking about sexuality with your child?
What information is appropriate?
Where do you find resources to use?
Why is it important?

Ms. Dittus is the Associate Director of The Arc of Mississippi where she has worked since 2000
and is part of numerous advisory boards and committees. 
She became involved with The Arc movement in 1985 while searching for options
for her first child, Tory, who was born with Down syndrome. 
Ms. Dittus provides trainings on various topics, works with local Arc chapters, and helps ensure
quality services for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Monday, September 12, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Longview Heights Baptist Church
4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654
Building C, in the chapel

Child care is provided.

Friends of The Arc Spotlight Presenter
Kelli Harris
DeSoto Pediatric Extended Care

Call (901)907-9041, email rebecca@thearcnwms.org, or visit our website thearcnwms.org for information

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, October 17, 2016
Topic - ABLE Act, Speaker TBD
Spotlight - Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America

Monday, November 12, 2016
Annual Membership Meeting


... a program just for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs

In Sibshops
  • Brothers and sisters of kids with special needs have an opportunity to meet and talk with other kids who have siblings with unique needs
  • They will have the opportunity to talk about the good and the not-so-good parts of living with a sibling with special needs
  • Most important, Sibshops are fun! It is an opportunity to meet others, play games, do activities, and have snacks with new friend
Brothers and sisters of kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities often find it difficult to express their feelings about their sibling to others: anger towards a sibling when they display behaviors that prevent the family from going on outings, sadness that their sibling may not learn as quickly as they can, worry over chronic illness of their sibling, or the special pride felt when their sibling with special needs learns a basic but important life skill after months of practice.

Sibshops are a celebration of many contributions
made by brothers and sisters.

At Sibshops, siblings will have the opportunity to share their feelings with other kids that truly understand. Facilitators will assist in this process. As well as peer support, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about their sibling's special needs.
General Information
  • Sibshops are for kids ages 6 - 13 years of age who have a brother or sister with special needs
  • Sibshops will meet at Longview Point Baptist Church in Hernando, MS, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on select Saturdays
  • Cost is $10 per child
  • Questions? Email: rebecca@thearcnwms.org
  • To register your child for Sibshops: http://www.thearcnwms.org/sibshops
Our next SibShop will be Saturday, August 20th
Register for SibShops

Little House Art Project
Little House Art Project began as an idea born of an art program for special needs children. But, why stop with artistically gifted, special needs teens? Many teens yearn for art instruction.

Little House Art Project is an opportunity for all teens to learn more about the fundamentals of art. Studies in light sources, painting still life, and more will be explored in this series of classes with Artist Vicky Neyman (member of Olive Branch Art Council and Gallery 12: A Coterie of Artists).

AGES 12 to 18

Spring and Fall Classes
will be held the Second Saturday of the month,
April through June and August through October.

9:00 a.m. to Noon

$25 per session includes supplies
Limited seating - 15 max.

To reserve your spot go to
Click on Little House Art Project to register

For more class information:

2126 Stateline Road East
Southaven, Mississippi
(in the parking lot of Graceland Christian Church)

AUGUST 13 (rsvp by August 10) --  Needle Felting technique to create plush & Acrylic Canvas painting
SEPTEMBER 10 (rsvp by September 7) -- TBD
OCTOBER 8 (rsvp by October 5) -- TBD
NOVEMBER 12 (rsvp by November 9) -- TBD


Attention Kroger Shoppers!  
Please click the link below and sign up for Community Rewards to support The Arc Northwest Mississippi.  
Every time you use your Kroger Card you will be helping people with special needs!


1.  Sign in or create an account.
2.  You can search for The Arc NWMS by name or you can search by our assigned number:  14251.
3.  Then use your Kroger Card to help The Arc Northwest Mississippi.


 Putting the Pieces Together for Medically Challenged Children
and Their Families
WHEN:  Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 3 to 4:30 PM
WHERE: Internet Café, 499 Gloster Creek, Tupelo, MS. 38801
(Inside the Gloster Creek Village Mall, Food Court)
FEATURED SPEAKER: Pediatric Health Choice
Come and join the Arc as we explore an option for children in need of fragile care. PHC  can provide medical health services, as well as a social environment, in  lieu of private duty nursing.
For more information, call Cheryl at 397-0097 

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is hosting its 10​-Week ​Fall Lesson Session starting September 12​, 2016.  

 ​Lessons will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday! 

We have a limited number of new rider spots available, and we'd love to be able to serve as many people as can benefit through equine therapy!

Therapeutic Riding Lessons target physical, social and recreational goals for each individual participant. Southern Reins offers group lessons with 2-4 riders in each class.  Classes are 45-50 minutes long and include mounting, exercise and skills development, and dismounting. We also offer 30-minute private lessons. Benefits include improvements in strength, balance and fine motor skills, enhanced socialization and communication, improved learning engagement and retention, and greater self-confidence and skill ability.

We also have openings for new volunteers to assist as sidewalkers, horse leaders, barn volunteers and more!  We have two upcoming training dates on the calendar:

September 8     and   September 10
​ from                             from​
 6-8PM                           9-11AM
Ginna Rauls
Volunteer & Community Outreach Director
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
6070 Poplar Avenue, Ste. 750
Memphis TN 38119
901-246-9496 (cell)

Our mission is to serve individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship by providing equine activities and therapeutic riding to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed.

Join us for a sensory-friendly family movie at the Southaven Malco.
7130 Malco Boulevard, Southaven, MS
-Moderately dimmed lighting
-Comfortable temperature
-Lowered volume
-Guests are welcome to move around and be themselves
-Special pricing of $5.50 per ticket
-Movie begins at 9:30 a.m.
Great starter movie format for toddlers too!
Email sensorysaturdayinfo@gmail.com for more information.
Tickets available day of event only in theater lobby.

Upcoming Movies - Mark Your Calendars!
September 10 - The Wild Life
September 24 - Storks
November 5 - Trolls
November 26 - Moana


S.N.A.A.P. (Special Needs Athletic & Aquatic Program)
In collaboration with the DeSoto County Schools and the Olive Branch YMCA, S.N.A.A.P. is a program that gives children with special needs (ages 3 to 16) the opportunity to build healthy spirit, mind, and bodies through fun programming that promotes movement and exercise.

Creating Your Own Path:

Successful Transitions for Persons with Autism 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madison, Mississippi 

The day will begin with a welcome message from Watson Dollar, a young man with autism who communicates through the use of an iPad. Ari Ne'eman, an autism self-advocate, will then deliver a keynote address which will take us through a history of autism and disability policy. He will also discuss the role of Medicaid, the de-institutionalization movement and other key concepts in modern disability policy. We will have informative breakout sessions and then close the day with an afternoon keynote delivered by Dr. Sheila Williamson, renowned Clinical Psychologist practicing in DeSoto County Mississippi.

Breakfast and lunch is included in the registration fee and you will have an opportunity to visit with service providers throughout the day. 

If you are a person with autism or a family member of an individual with autism, we have scholarships available. 


Any questions or concerns, call 601-867-5000 (ext. 75018) or email tjohnson@boswell.state.ms.us. 

Ole Miss presents SO College Unified Flag Football League

The practices will be on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in Oxford MS.  Remember, once your child starts playing in this league, they have committed to the entire season.  They will need to be at every practice/game.

The skills day and all competitions will be played Wednesdays at 7:00pm. 
Skills Day: September 14th
Practice: September 21st
Game 1: September 28th
Game 2: October 5th
Game 3: October 12th
Championships: October 19th - 3 v 4 & 1 v 2

Email johndwims@bellsouth.net if you are interested in your child participating.


The Arc Northwest Mississippi

The Arc of Mississippi was founded in 1961 and is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, the world's largest grassroots advocacy organization for citizens of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families.

The Arc of Mississippi works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.  We focus on abilities, respect, choice for all and encourage active citizenship and inclusion in every community. 

  • One in every ten families in America has a member with an intellectual and developmental disability.
  • One in 68 children are diagnosed with autism.
  • 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary, decent American life.
  • People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are valued, respected and included in all communities.
  • People with intellectual and developmental disabilities direct their own lives.
  • People choose their services and supports from many available sources.
  • People are empowered through nonprofit advocacy.  State and federal governments administer programs and set budgets that meet everyone's needs.