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  1. 1. ‘rznuzsstz vorctsi Nelghbors 'By Carrie Hobbs Gulden — On Oct; 28, an lxtstoric event oc<, nrr_ed: , Tennessee closed the doors of _Arlington [State Developmental ter for people _with intellectual disabilities (mental ietar» dation), and ' last residents moved into ' ‘etiings. And though closing doors to the past is always ‘ bittersweet, other doors ' always open in their place. usually to better opportuni~ ties. * ‘When Arlington opened its doors in 1969,tl1erc were , - 60?hb0dSIll‘0l'lJ1(}l‘§'ldl{; £Ill‘.5 ‘ wi inte eetua isa ' ities. Guide" Back then, it was common for cliildicn born with these disabilities to be placed i. n institutions. Doctors frequently recommended that it was considered the right thing to do. Pan- ents were told their children would get the _care and support they needed in these . places. In some ways they didl In many Iwztys, they did not. {Parents found a new way Some parents chose a radically different path —— they took their childi-<~. n home and ; nu'sed them like their other children, and ; they sought out other families who were »doing the same, It wasn't easy. ‘ Schools didn't have education programs ‘SATURDAY, l, IO: /EMBl: ';Ri, _ ’ he . stilt R nnlxwim tual disabllltles. FILE/ TI-IE TENNESSEAN for these challenged children. Public build- ings were not accessible. Doctors were not used to treating individuals with int'ellcc~ tual disabilities Not to be deterred, these patents banded together and formed organizalionslike The braceiniti Arc (a grass-mots advocacy orgmizalion dedicated to improving the lives of individ uals with intellectual disabilities and their families) ~ at the national, state and local levels, Through their advocacy efforts, doors slowly began to open l . ‘K. was A we Arlington state Developmental Center opened in 1969 for individuals with inteIIec~ Laws were passed enst ‘lg that children ‘with disabilities were educatedin public‘ schools and making buildings more acces- siblo. Doctors becainc more knowledge able about treatinents, and the chi ten became accepted members of their com- munities -‘People discovered fliat individuals with intellectual disabilities could not only live in, but also_tlm'vt-. in. community settings. Displaced residents get new homes As connnmlly~baseLi support increased, people began asking why residents of insti- unions were not given similar options for living in the comniunity. As more people asked this question. the doors of the state developmental centers nationwide began closing -—— many volun~ tarily and seine by other means. People once thought impossible to sup~ port in community settings were moving out and thriving. With the last few residents of Arlington State Developmental Center moved into their new homes and the doors closed for the last time, their futures are full of new doors to open —— to their new home, to their very own bedroom. to a church. to a grocery store, to n restauraiit — to all the community has to offer. came Hobbs Guidon is executive director 0! The An at Tennessee.
  2. 2. Raaafioio In, "on is, 2010 V Harlin, TN l1ir'lIn-llralrlrgfounl Pm; Circulation 4 B Rebecca Allsup Special to 771ePrtsr The chatter floats down the homemade art-lined walls of CDS as a group of members await the buses to go home. much like any other school on a Friday aftemoon. There are plenty of smiling faces and hugs as this group of friends d‘ - cuss the great day they've had before going home to their families for the night. _ ‘ One young woman, Kelly Riggins. has one of the ion- gest trips to make traveling from rural Weakley County North of Dresden. Like ev- ery day before. her father will be waiting for the CDS van to drop her off at home. fiUm'ted My belpspwvepossibilitiesfor ‘Community Developmental Services CDS FROM PAGE 1 for her: Without the trans- portation CDS provides. it would be har'd for Kelly to attend CDS every day. “. Kelly has been going to CDS since she turned eigh- teen and it plays a crucial role in her life, ” says Kel- ly‘s father, Damon Riggins. “I live about 14 miles away from CDS and without their transportation, it would change the whole dynamic of things. “ ' Established in 1971. the Community Develop- mental Services (CDS) is a community-based, tron- profit organization that pro- vides services and support from supported employ- ment, residential options and community volunteer- ing, all with the purpose of promoting self-esteem and independence. Because CDS has adults in five counties and 35 per- cent of them are employed, transportation is of huge importance and a huge ex- pense. CDS used to have separate furtding for servic- es and transportation, but in the past few years the State department combined the two funds into one tighten- ing their already stretched budget. The United Way in Weakley Count decided to adults with disabilities in Weakley. Obion. Henry. Carroll, and Lake Coun- ties. Opportunities range to step in and fill $10,000 worth ofthe void left by the state cutbacks. The money goes towards transportation because gas prices, insur- ance. and van and driver expenses are such a huge part of the CDS budget. “We appreciate the op- portunity to partner with the United Way to access fund- ing in Wettkley County for the transportation program because without transporta- tion there would be no ser- vices nt CDS, " said Cathy Cate, Executive Director at CDS. These transportation ser- vices provide so ntuch more than a ride to the people at CDS. It provides them with CDS individuals and their the opportunity to be inde- pendent. to go to work and make their own money and build self esteem in the pro- cess. to be involved in their community, to see their friends on a daily basis. to live as normal of a life pos- sible. Without transporta- tion many of these people would be confined to their homes where they couldn't live independently and their families would have to find the means to take care of them. It is crucial that funds for transportation be pro- vided to CDS so that they cart continue to offer their rnttch-needed services to families. " if you would like more information about CDS you can contact them at (73|) 587-3851 or visit them on the web at www. comdevservorg. if you are interested in getting involved with this year's United Way Cam- paign in Weakley County you can call Brian Harris. 2010 Campaign Chair for the United Way in Weakley County, at (731) 587-3186 or Jennifer Wood, Resource Director for United Way, at (731) 4224816. You can also visit them on the web at www. unitedway. tn. org. Mr. Riggins raised Kelly as HOMEWAI 5 BOUND - Kelly Rigglns, a CDS client a single parent and knows Wh° Niles 6n 5 transportation offered bythe agerrcyto the importance CDS holds Set too and fro work. Through United Way donations. Saa CDS. Pacs 6 CD5 '5 flblflb
  3. 3. Reader 0030 en, on 31, 2010 Cleveland, TN Cleveland Del Banner Crculaiion 4,199 ‘ , ,' * ‘V -r ,1 at , .‘”~_~M I , . ‘) ‘ I‘ , l 7 STATE CHAMPS —Trcusdale School students apertormed exceptionally well during the 2010 Specia Olympics State Bowling Competition Oct. 17 and 1 . There are 24 regions teams which competed in the state competition. Four Trousdale students won a gold medal for their overall competitionl Those stu- dents are, from left, Chris White, Leslie Burnett, Susan Turner and Andy Marcum. At right is Specia Olympics Area 4 Director Judy Rogers. Students who received silver medals were: Sarah Johnson, Andy Marcum, Chris White, Cissy Kirkpatrick and Graham Cash. Bronze: Leslie Burnett; Fourth-place ribbons went to Torrie Stephens and Chris Stamey. . ,—. ... Adams, Oliver Mcuougat, Andrew ( l . l l Reader 0030 Tue, Nov 02, 2010 ‘_ Livingston, TN Lrvlngetlln-0vertonCnuni Nelle Crculalion 5,4 )d ll»/ CI‘ me wlnrer. it ’” fr’ """I : " , ——~»—— . - Special Olympics soccer takes third 4.. ilvingstnn Academy Special or m ' l l‘ k l. ‘ r "” ‘ . . n. ... ..l. ,.*: ;r. .’: ::: :.. °.; ".‘. ‘a‘: ,.i. '.: ‘:. ;'i, “;°. :.“. :“°3:: °.: ",: l.“' team gathers after taking third place. Kneeling, from left are Traci Hensleyy'Morlah. Mell, o:I; ncT : A'; ‘:l: ‘ed"“zi'-: }I': :cfi‘c3bndlCl1g, fn_»mHler: (n; e Coach Jim Nelson, Elizabeth Harvey, Anthony Qualls, y, ammle Inc 2 y, Brandon Pennington, and Coach Amber Mainord.
  4. 4. Reader 0030 Sun, Oct 31, 2010 Cleveland TN v Cleveland lialdltiiiiiiier imiwr/ {unis ti"%r; ;i(ijti; .&, v‘i): v‘vg"r: aIrx:1»i; ;g; ; lye‘; -c~m: .rev5«. y;;3;, Reader 0040 lied, Nov 03, 2010 ' ‘ I) 3 CC eras v I . K c"“l‘”°" ‘N99 i-ARchamliidnsWhitney'Rayborn, Park viewrrinclpaineb Tuliahoiia, IN ‘w and Morgan ' r. '~ ' ‘ lleiizheeier liner K Circulation 0,011 . , _ _ . Photo by MarianG lb th Enioylng a fine meal to aid Horse Play a ral _ " “ ’ “ 0 "K 1 l " 0 Area residents show up in abundance Friday to su t H Pi ’ i V V , _ ppor orse aysann it h f d I at OUTSTANDING scones — The Trousdaie School recently participated In the 2010 Special at the First United Methodist Church in Tuiiahoma "a W °°" "" '5 5°’ N , , . Horse Play is a therapeutic horseback riding Olympics State Bowling Competition. The students excelled with their performance. Several students prggtktm for children with physical or mental chfitenges in C ff , F kit at M E placed in firsl-, second-, third- and fourth-place categories. Pictured, from left, are students Chris White, > V E’ 0 69 ran " 3” °? "§, °°“”“°5_- “ Torrie Stephens, Andy Marcum and (at back) Graham Cash. l""“"""“““'“'*""'-
  5. 5. ader 0070 Thu. Nov 04, 2010 ‘Tracy Cil TN _ Tracy Ciig-Grundyyfiiunl Herald ‘’‘'“'‘’‘’‘“‘‘““‘‘’‘“‘‘‘3'‘‘ Circulation 4393 a great season of : g. Well done, Moiintain . .,, .e. ... ..n. ... ._. _, J, Special Olympic Bowlers On October 17 and I8 four athletes from Excep- tioniil Enterprises attended the State Special Olympics Bowling Toumament in Chattanooga bowling Sun- day singles and Monday doubles. Debra Payne placed fourth in singles and sec- ond in doubles, Lisa Mo- biey placed third in singles and second in doubles. These two ‘ladies played together in doubles. Gary Tate laced third in singles and ourth in doubles. Da- vid Scott laced third in singles an fourth in dou- bles. These two gentlemen played together in doubles. They were great athletes and bowled well. They stayed ovemight in Chat- tanooga and enjoyed their mini vacation! Reader oo7o uni, Nov 03, 2010 Ha ore, TN ll| »!|1IlbtI'q- lllgno County Niiii Circulation 8,20i ~ ‘" llllllllllllllllllllllli _r ' ¢))‘ PURE nmnrs DOWN SYNDROME ASISOCIATION TO. MEET 2ND MONDAY Mars Hill Baptist Church in Lawrence County announces the fDl'll‘lt'lll0n. Of Puie Hearts Down Syndrome Asociation for families with children and adults who have Down Syn. drome in Wayne. Lawrence and Giles counties. Meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month at 7 PM. in the Mars Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Bring Your family and a finger food. Beverages will be provided. Please contact Jennifer Long. 629-7122 or Amy Jennings, 762-9067 if you would like to be a part of this organization. Long and Jennings are co-founders of the association. Reader 0030 Fri, ‘Nov 05, Dkkson, TN Ditliinn The Ditkiiin Harald Crculaiion 6,755 Special-needs athletes compete in new league ay John In U Ti-ii-: DICKSON "itItl. D 2010 said Monday night. we" knew this need was here and we very . much want to see this succeed, Sports is about com eting. but it's also about fun an the com- radarie among competitors and that's the environment local spe- cial-needs athletes will find in a new bowling league that started this week at Thunder Ailey Fam- ily Center in Dickson. People Are Loving Servants (PALS) is a nonprofit organiza- tion providing sports activities for Dickson County's special- needs children and opened its first bowling league season Mon- day night. "We had sponsored a team for a similar organization and we just fell in love with it, " PALS board member Monica Gossett so these children have sporting activities to look forward to three or four times a year just like typical children have. " v The league is organized into two-person teams sponsored by a local business. The first season of PMS opened with 22 teams. Each special-needs athlete is paired with a non special-needs athlete from various Dickson County schools. from elemen- tary to high school. PALS board members went to each school's Krincipal to talk to them about elping to get the word out about the new league to their spec ial-needs students. Gossett added that she thinks the typical student helpers bene- fit from learning more about the special-needs students. who ben- efit from the new friendships they forrii. "What we did was for every special-needs child we had ' ed up. whatever age or s ool they came from we matched them with a typical child that they either went to school with or that is the same age. " Gossett said. "What they (typical students) don't realize is that they may have physical dif- ferences, but they have a lot of the same interests and the same likes and dislikes" The league will run every later in the year. "We pidred bowling because it's some that's a lot easier to cover a ‘ base of individu- als, " Gossett said. ‘Whatever their specialneedsammost chil- dren can bowl where not all chil- dren can piaybasketball. or base- ba. l|. .and you don't have an outside environment to worry about" PA15 board member Judy Ovei-ton, an occu atioiial thera- pist in the Di on County School system, said that this kind of league. creates an environ- ment where sgedal-needs kids can enjoy he‘ atratlIl§. ‘.. ¢.. were their disability oesn'tmattE Monda until Dec. 6‘ PALS is "So many of our ipec'lal- also arming on organizing other eagues in dillerent sports » LEAGUE, 2| I >> incur. FROM 1a children don't t to partici- pate in rts noii-dls- abled dren do and their families don't get to have the rlence of watching their dren like other par- ents do, " Overton said. ‘ "'I'l-iiaisthebestofl‘l: oth i worlds, gvniflng die children an oppo ty to play in an environment that is user friendly, where their disabil- ity doesn't matter. It's lust everyone involved des' ed around having a time. .. For more information. contact Monica Gossett at (615) 797-5834. at “iii” i‘‘’“‘'‘‘’ “‘a“‘“')* er ey startingat . p.rn. . the league will have a table set iép where an ne inter- este in getting volved in future leagues can register or get more information for new athletes, volunteers or team sponsors.
  6. 6. Reader‘ 0070 Aahland (it TN Atltlttnd City tttn Crculalimt 4,081 The Ashland City (I In (llub would like to express gratitude to all those who contributed to its sen/ ice projects which raised funds for the (Zhcathztm County Special Olympics UL 't'tcam. Over $4,000 w ' K . utl and given to Danni. ‘ Salisbury, director of the Cht ham (Iuunty Special fiir the team's trip to L ttluly. A‘ many of you know. this past 5 mg the tlhuttrham County Spo- cial Olympic soccer team won in the regional and state tourna- ments, qualifying them to go to the nationals. At the nationals. the team missed the bronze medal by one point. It‘ you haven't already done so Ned, Nov 03, 201.0 ilI(. ilVi(iItliiy, join with us now as we collectively coiigratttlatu the whole team and say that we are proud of you. Futtdraisittg for this event by the Ashland y (iivitan Club inclnticd tttttuero contributiurts and a con- plcofpr ccts. (Jot utions WL‘I‘B from intlividu; and organ ' ()rp, tni7; on includctltlicI’lc: t Viuw lunioi (Itvitan (Zluh, Mar A. ( H‘tnith and several cloc- tion tnditlatc. Aspuclal project by the Ashlanti ( y Civitan Club was the second annual wine and cltccsc tasting event held at the Sl: ni()l' (len- tcr at Ashland City, and the other rt: gItlat' ptoject was the candy and coin boxes located around town. The club appreciates the town of A. land City for the use of the Scnit I (tcntot-tat t the sputtsors of the wine and - event and all the lllcfcillllll. or llowing the cantly or coin box to be main- tttinctl in your re. aurant, store, otfict-, ctc. Seeing the gene ' y of 'I'Lntt- ussutttts, and till - in Chcatltam County especially . ltt. -ttt*t—wartn— ing to say the lL. ls With the looming finant-ial ‘ssucs that we all have iacuti in the past two years. you continue to demonstrate your love anti com- ‘ on for your fellow tnan. and in this case, lot out‘ developmen- tally-challcngcd love ones. — FOR ms TVMES WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3,2010 - 7A 1 ‘. |riEJ: i:(/ :: ':i’_ t: t30R: : Civitan Club thanks community for support . ., 5; ; l1~H)"’ . 3;, , (Ev ? l’ ; ,w, ;:m. lll| -‘ A « l‘, ’l‘llt'. l.‘ ». ;w / g/1_l_r' H t I ' u Club president Sam Ban- croft presents a $4,000 check to Dennis Salisbury, director of the Cheat- ham County Special Olymilcs. suuutmro Moro
  7. 7. Reader 0030 Fri, Nov 05, 2010 Dickson, TN Dkklon Thu Dkkaon Harald Crculafion 8,755 FRVDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 -3! SPORTS A pair of the PALS helper athletes get a chance to practice a few fralncs.
  8. 8. PALS bowling league opens season ; Chelsea Boswell waits for the lanes to open so she can start her practice frames during the first night of the new People Are Loving Servants (PALS) ‘ bowling league at Thunder Alley. The league offers special needs athletes l the chance to compete in the sport. Matches vvlll be held every Monday ‘ through Dec. 6. For more information, contact Monica Gossett at (615) 797- 5884. moms av noun BAILEV/ YHE ammo ll‘ } 1 Will Wothke sends the ball down the ramp and onto the lane during the ‘ ’ ‘ ‘ - warm-up period Monday night. ‘ _. ..-. ._ Everyone waits for the scoreboards to come on for their first frames of the night. 1 1‘). 1.
  9. 9. PALS special- needs athlete, will Mattin- dale. takes aim for his first shot during Monday nights I opening round ' " ; of the new ‘ league. A PALS athlete gets help lining up his next shot down the lane.
  10. 10. <UUU }i)0'1"I)/ Ul. "°“’“""l“'“ ‘"1" '“"~'*“‘ Reader 0040 Tue, Nov 02, 20M) » Red B T S ' , TN Laiagsila Cl: llvllgsChronitla Circulation 5, l llebbic Gr'ag()ry _a ‘recent §zxtu mornnigl wzi. V vi_'gi_3(_)vn_ Hwy. 10 South, whey lizwing a big )'2]l‘tl' l lioinc. We have i ends fornriny: ' my‘ I)riLl, ',t| ic_ ale ClMll’llC_ Gregory, ulway tliongh , lot oi‘ the Clu'lT1{ll, Well. includin porolhy. (The C l '5 fr _ and take ‘cl picltire , , axing gm . I ran‘ ed l‘liIl'l)ltl v. '‘sn'I then I l "‘l‘e: y welve Jnoiiilxs ‘ reams of ))Ll]7I: l‘'()i‘l< liotnxs ‘ we nmilcil back. So I (ii: ; if« ’ noving, aclicl ‘ , ‘we cvcnluzxll iecidetl‘, nfler A lot ‘ . q'fwu1 so citing, 10 co acIt: ap'rogrnm ca e(i. “Reec_: e’s ubow‘ which is lnipiion nrlvncacy v_rou'p for children in iiiier oountric 'wiili 5‘ Symhoinc lav n lliringli ' / clii]d‘with, a would he jai elon co‘ mil- xnenii, -leverylliing-hc~ V11) falling into place nd xvc k_ncv. lhal lhc lying Ciodwn guid- . . , (I oilclzls , iI, ome'vl is -lorvicv§, ziiidnic my lhinily l I _ -n . .ec, vhcn l was still . nby zind when 1 was clcv> ‘ _ es cit 'pcrlmpfi ‘alum son _(liy. , _ ‘ ml irsl aud. b'c_s_: an The couple clnnlly incl ‘ Ihc long prone siliat u'cnnloni: ,l/ Iichi ‘ ' olvezi. /‘xii ' ndmg‘ V .1 _rougli Carmm) _ . > id ortiizllly ’iAma entloroi'f_ering' ' ' 11 have ‘ hand p2unle<i other items fr