On Friday, September 14, 2012 we held the combined 3-in-1 Support Group Meeting in Patterson Hall. The participating support groups included Roll with the Punches (a support group for people who use wheelchairs), BRAINIACTS (a support group for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, stroke and other acquired brain disorders); and Blind Awareness Togetherness Support (BATS), a support group for young adults (18-50) who are blind and have low vision. The purpose of this event was to increase awareness and provide networking opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the Mid-South area by promoting CAPability instead of DISability.

During this event almost 20 support group members and guest listened as the guest speaker, Ms. Beth Nelson, Director discussed the Rehabilitative Services with Goodwill. Ms. Nelson oversees the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Center on Austin Peay in Memphis, TN. Ms. Nelson discussed the history of Goodwill and how the company trains and employs over 600 people that have barriers to employment. Programs at Goodwill are designed to train and place candidates with major corporations, including AT&T and Hilton Worldwide. If you will like to join us in one of our support groups read more about our upcoming meetings and events on our Support Groups section in this issue of Enhancing Abilities Newsletter.

We are excited about because October is National Disability Awareness month. Join us on October 5, 2012 on the campus of the University of Memphis as we host a Disability Awareness and Networking Exhibition in the University Center Room 320 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. This informational, recreational, and networking event will highlight services available to individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind, use wheelchairs, or have low vision. Individuals will be able to learn more about all of the services Mid-South ACT offers, see demonstrations of assistive technology for cognitive and physical impairments, see live entertainment presented by individuals with disabilities, and have opportunities to network and heighten awareness of how individuals with disabilities can access technology in a work, school or leisure environment.

Mid-South ACT Lab Mini-Demonstrations
Access to GED® / GRE® Test Preparation Program

In October, we continue to present mini-demonstration sessions for individuals who would like to learn more about AT devices and Accessing GED/GRE test preparation programs.

This month we will feature UbiDuo, a face to face communication device, a  by sComm, and the SARA (Scanning and Reading Appliance) by Freedom Scientific.  We will host workshops for each of these devices in the Mid-South ACT lab (Room 111) at the following times:

Friday, October 12, 2012       

  • 10 am til 12 noon the SARA demonstration
  • 11am til 1 pm, Access to GED/GRE Test Preparation Informational

Friday, October 26, 2012      

  • 10 am til 12 noon, the UbiDuo demonstration

To register for either or all of these sessions, please contact Tommy Winston, Rehabilitative Technology Assistant at 901.678.1489 or email him at act@memphis.edu