Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 January, 2016

The Arc of New Mexico Mission

Our Mission: The Arc New Mexico promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.


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Randy Costales, Executive Director

Arc Board Adopts New Mission, Guiding Beliefs and Core Values

On January 23 The Arc of New Mexico Board of Directors approved a new three-year plan that includes a new Mission Statement (see above), goals, and major success indicators.  The plan includes Guiding Beliefs and Core Values that inform key decisions and shape the way we treat the individuals and families we serve, our staff, Board members, and our community partners:

*People First - All people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.  

* Equity - People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.  

*Community - People with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.  

*Self-determination - We believe in self-determination and self-advocacy.  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.  

*Diversity - Society in general and The Arc of New Mexico in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability) 

*Respect - Our policies, programs, and plans reflect a positive regard for the value and dignity of all people.

The Vision Elements describe how we will look in 2018:

*Growth - We have in place adequate staff and a strong infrastructure that position us to grow current programs and develop selected new programs to reach all regions and people needing our services.

*Leadership - We are unified with collaborative partners and fortified by best practices to be an influential force in New Mexico for positive change in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

*Funding - We have larger, diversified, stable funding that enables us to fulfill the mission & help more people.

*Staff - Our experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated staff have the support they need and the motivation to  deliver superior services throughout the state.

*Recognition - We are an active, well-known presence in every region of New Mexico with a reputation for mission success.

2016 Disability Rights Awareness Day

The 2016 Disability Rights Awareness Day was held January 25 and 26 in Santa Fe.  Approximately 200 people from all regions of the state attended the event.  Monday events were held at the Drury Plaza Hotel and included a welcome from Eliza Amadea Sultan from Congressman Ben Ray Lujan's office and a keynote presentation by State Representative Debbie Armstrong.  Sessions during the day included: What’s Happening in Medicaid for People with Disabilities, Updates on the ABLE Act and the DD Waiver, How to Meet with Your Legislators, Limiting the Use of Restraints and Seclusion for Children in Public Schools, Current Issues in Autism  and Opening the Doors to Self-Advocacy. The New Mexico Statewide Independent Living Council held a public hearing to receive comments on proposed changes to the State Plan for Independent Living. 

Tuesday events included information booths, visits with legislators and a rally from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  The rally featured presentations by State Senators Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Bill Soules, a performance by the Young Disability Leaders, and a legislative update and overview.

Thank you to Jim Jackson, Executive Director of Disability Rights New Mexico, and Ellen Pinnes, The Disability Coalition, for putting together an excellent program.

 Disability Rights Awareness Day is funded by The New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in collaboration with The Arc of New Mexico and the Disability Coalition.

Forward @ 14

If you are 14 years or older we want you to join us for a series of 4 hands on, interactive, engaging and FUN all-day workshops that will help you prepare for transition into adulthood.

Participants will receive a tool kit that will assist them in the transition process after the completion of the series AND will receive on-going support during the transition process!  Receive support and information on:

-Federal Laws around transition IEP’s

-How to lead your own IEP and Create a Transition IEP

-Increase your knowledge and understanding of your rights under IDEA and Section 504

-Increase confidence in the transition process

-Learn about community resources and opportunities for college and employment

Our friends from the Center for Self Advocacy will be joining us with additional topics such as:

-Knowing Your Disability

-Basic Self Advocacy Skills

-Why Self Advocacy Matters When You Leave School

-Funding Options

These sessions are at no-cost to families and youth but do require pre-registration.

Session 2: February 20, 2016 10:00am-2:00 pm: Disability Laws, IDEA and Self-Led IEP’s, ADA and Section 504

Session 3: march 12, 2016 10:00am-2:00 pm: College & Access to Accommodations Post-Secondary, Work, Housing, & Transportation, Adult Services, DD Waiver, Guardianship & Alternatives

Session 4: April 9, 2016 10:00am-2:00 pm: Mentorship Opportunities, Peer to Peer, Parent to Parent, Importance of Family Involvement

Please contact Adam Shand at Parents Reaching Out at 800-524-5176 for more information.

Adaptive Kayaking Open House

Sponsored by Hotel Cascada and Kayak New Mexico

Kayak New Mexico builds courage, confidence & character, one stroke at a time, through adaptive paddling programs for people with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities or life-threatening medical conditions.

 Kayak NM brings in kayaks for everyone to try on the lazy river and participants have full use of the water park for a two-hour block of time. There are four, 2-hour blocks of time for individuals to choose from and they can choose as many or little as they like. For each 2-hour block, the cost is $10.00 if you RSVP by the Wednesday before the event. Otherwise it's $15.00. The waterpark is closed to the public during this event do our best to accommodate the sensory issues. The event is open to individuals all types of disabilities, their families, friends & supports.

Register online: http://www.kayaknewmexico.org/hotel-cascada

Pre-registration: $10/person for each 2-hour block of time

Day-of-event registration: $15 for each 2-hour block of time

For questions call Kelly Gossett at 505-803-2201 or email: kelly@kayaknewmexico.org.

Eight Ways You Can Give to The Arc

The Arc of New Mexico relies and depends on support from individuals, families and organizations to carry out our Mission.  There are several ways to can support The Arc:

1. You can either mail us a check or make an on-line donation at https://www.arcnm.org/donate-now/

2. In the Metro area donate your gently used clothing, shoes and household items.  For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up call 505-765-1975.

3. A memorial gift is a beautiful and lasting tribute for a loved one or to a family as an expression of sympathy.  Family and friends can be recognized with a gift in their honor.  This might be for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, holiday, wedding, retirement, etc.

4. Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to The Arc of New Mexico whenever you shop on Amazon Smile: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0167508

5. Make a United Way Contribution

6. Smith’s Reward Card – 1) Visit smithscommunityrewards.com, 2) Sign in to your Online Account, or create an account, 3) Find and select The Arc of New Mexico and click “Save”

7. Donate stocks or bonds.  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

8. A bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the assets/property you may leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that by making a bequest you are able to leave a lasting legacy for the work of The Arc.  Keep in mind that your gift can be for a specific amount, a percentage or some portion of the remainder (after family, relatives and friends have gotten their designated share).  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

Thank you Donors for Your Support!

Thank you to our most recent donors: Jim Lather, Carroll Strategies, David and Susan Baglee, Lawrence Strauss, Josala Fetheroff, Poccia Revocable Trust, James Kennedy, Thomas and Loretta Hedrick, David and Julie Ballinger, Dennis and Loretta Silva, Plateau, John Trujillo, Grace Brown, Thea Kavanaugh, San Felipe Casino and special gift from Bill and Betty Mottern.

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