Join us at Redbones for an evening with Henry Gross! Thursday, June 29th, 7-8:30pm
Governor Bill Haslam has once more issued a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!
Gov. Haslam shared, “I’m proud of our state’s commitment to increasing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to pursue their goals, contribute to their communities and live quality lives. From inclusive higher education programs on college campuses, to the Employment First focus of state and community agencies, to the new ABLE TN savings program led by the Tennessee Treasury Department, there are countless examples of state agencies, community organizations and families working together to make sure Tennesseans with developmental disabilities have the chance to thrive.”
Read the entire press release here.
The state has implemented a new professional development portal that brings together resources and best practices for promoting successful transitions for students with disabilities. This portal is helpful for parents, teachers, advocates, service providers, and others in the student’s life. Visit the portal at http://transitiontn.org to create a free account and get access to the blueprint for student success!
The MegaConference is a statewide disability conference with hundreds of attendees each year, including individuals with disabilities, families, providers, and professionals across the disability field. The Council, along with Disability Rights TN, TN Disability Coalition, The Arc TN, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and many other agencies, helps plan and sponsor the conference.
The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities is an independent office in state government. The Council leads initiatives statewide to improve policies and practices that affect everyday lives of Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We all hope life brings us the best. Sometimes we have to be proactive in making the best of our lives. Such is the case for Melissa “Mindy” Rogers who has been supported by MHDS since 2005. MHDS provides programs and services to support adults who have intellectual and other disabilities.
Recently, the Empowered Workforce Team which is a part of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities requested success stories from provider agencies within the West Tennessee Region to recognize persons supported who were “Living Your Best Life.”
MHDS submitted Mindy’s story and she was selected for recognition. Mary Brinkley with the Team explained, “We wanted to share success stories which reflected the positive aspects of the services we provide. Those on the team reviewing the submissions felt that the many changes Mindy made to improve her quality of life represented what we were trying to capture.” She was honored at a recent luncheon and was presented with a certificate and flowers. Mindy developed materials and shared her story with the audience with much pride and received a standing ovation.
Mindy’s journey to the life she enjoys now began when she came into service with MHDS. Mindy had significant issues around her weight when she arrived. She is 5’1” and weighed nearly 400 pounds. She had to use a motorized scooter/chair in businesses. She had to use a lift chair to stand up from a sitting position. She wasn’t able to walk more than a few steps at a time. When Mindy entered services she had nursing supports due to requiring oxygen. She also had asthma so the weight was really a challenge for a 25 year old woman who wanted so much more for her life.
Mindy was fiercely independent but at times lacked the motivation to see she could accomplish all that she wanted in life. Mindy and her parents credit the support and love of a nurse, also named Melissa, who worked with Mindy to lose weight. Mindy is very social and her health prohibited her from going out so she had to just talk to friends and family over the phone. The nurse used this as motivation for Mindy by not lecturing but instead taking every step to a new reality together.
Over the past almost 12 years, Mindy has accomplished so much. Mindy has lost 170 pounds! She is no longer on oxygen and no longer requires nursing supports. She does not require behavioral supports because a lot of the aggression is gone. Now Mindy can do those things she always wanted to like being with her friends instead of confined by her health and weight to her home. Mindy no longer needs physical therapy because she is steady on her feet. Mindy belongs to a gym which she goes to on average 2 times a week. She does this with her house mates and staff who all do some type of exercise as a group so she isn’t alone.
Mindy has been working at a uniform shop 2 days a week. She has been working for over a year. She is proud of this huge accomplishment to go from confined to your home to working in the community. Her staff support for her job says, “Mindy has come a long way and is a hard worker. She takes the initiative to look for work and stay busy. She has many friends on Facebook and enjoys an active social life.”
We are all very proud of what Mindy has accomplished in her young life. We all know that she has a lot more to achieve. Bill Brewer, Executive Director of MHDS, states “Mindy’s transformation is a reminder to us all that we can achieve what we believe we can achieve. We are pleased to have helped her but it was her personal determination that brought Mindy where she is today.”
MHDS has been serving Jackson since 1972 with programs for adults with intellectual disabilities including employment and residential services. Each person served has an personalized service plan which fosters skills development and retention.
To obtain additional information, please call 731.664.0855 or visit the website at www.mhds.org.
TVA provided a grant to purchase software that allows users to improves job search skills, helps with resume development and encourages the pursuit of public employment. Recently TVA staff presented certificates and acknowledged those who had made progress toward their employment goals. See pictures from the event by clicking here.
And take a look at all of our holiday pictures and a recent outing to see the Harlem Globetrotters by clicking here to see the photo gallery.
We’re honored to feature a story of one of our persons supported who works in Supported Employment.
Keith Davis is having wonderful success in his employment role and we wanted to congratulate him by putting him in the spotlight. The Supported Employment Spotlight!
Keith came to MHDS in 1979, so we’ve had a long history with him and we’re proud to be such a big part of his life. Take a few minutes to read his success story.
And keep your eyes out for more heartwarming stories of success in our Supported Employment program.
The Golden Circle Harley Owners Group and Bumpus Harley Davidson teamed up to provide a wonderful Christmas party for 42 persons supported who play SNA sports. Bumpus featured photos and bios of MHDS participants on the Christmas tree in their showroom. They were adopted by the Harley owners who bought them a gift from the wish list and many of them rode their motorcycles to MHDS to deliver the gifts personally. Everyone enjoyed pizza and cupcakes followed by a dance. It was a most enjoyable afternoon for everyone!
Click here to see some pictures of our holiday party!
On Friday, 9/16, 27 teams of 4 golfers were at Jackson National Golf Club to raise operating funds for Madison Haywood Developmental Services. MHDS provides skills advancement, employment opportunities and residential services to 250+ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in West Tennessee.
This year the tournament offered a double shotgun start. The winners were:
8 AM Tee – 1st Flight Top 3 Teams
|1st Place||Picasso Pizzeria||Team Members:
|2nd Place||Firefighters|| Team Members:
|3rd Place||Brown Family|| Team Members:
8 AM Tee – 2nd Flight Top 3 Teams
|1st Place||Pharmcare||Team Members:
|2nd Place||Horne LLP|| Team Members:
|3rd Place||Pinnacle|| Team Members:
1 PM Tee – 1st Flight Top 3 Teams
|1st Place||Numotion||Team Members:
|2nd Place||City of Jackson|| Team Members:
|3rd Place||Volunteer International|| Team Members:
1 PM Tee – 2nd Flight Top 3 Teams
|1st Place||Butler Bluescope||Team Members:
|2nd Place||Ellis/Vanderford|| Team Members:
|3rd Place||First South Bank|| Team Members:
Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all teams who came out to enjoy the day and help MHDS raise the funds we need to provide the life-changing services we provide every day!
We would like to invite all parents, families, and conservators to attend a meeting at Madison Haywood Developmental Services Jackson location at 38 Garland Drive, Jackson, TN 38305. The meeting will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The meeting will provide information that is relevant to all locations that MHDS provides services. We encourage participation from Haywood and Hardeman Counties.
The focus of the meeting will be to discuss how new rules within the Waiver Programs through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will directly affect how MHDS operates the day services.
August 28, 2016
38 Garland Drive Jackson TN 38305
We had a great night at the Jackson Generals baseball game on July 9th!
We even had the honor of having three of our very own, Teresa, Tim, and Chastity, sing the National Anthem before the game!
Here are a few images from the night.
Head on over to our new photo gallery with all of the images and a video of the singing of the National Anthem!
A person supported from the Ben Rich Center in Brownsville caught his very first fish and won a prize for biggest fish at the JCIL Fishing Rodeo at Lake O’Neal. Check out these pics! (We also have a few new photo galleries to show off here.)
Summertime is the time for baseball! Come on out to the Jackson Generals game on Saturday, July 9th for your chance to win one of 20 autographed, worn jerseys! You can also bid for one of the jerseys online by going to www.milbauctions.com! See details below. We hope to see you at the ballgame!