Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 March, 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

Announcing The Arc of New Mexico

2016 Awards Program

The Arc of New Mexico annually recognizes people or groups who have made significant contributions to enhance the inclusion and recognition of people with disabilities in their communities.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 6, 2016.  Award winners will be honored at the Annual Summit/Arc Conference in June.

 Agency of Distinction

Honors a public or private community organization that provides exemplary supports and demonstrates a commitment to community inclusion for people with disabilities. 

 Community Service

Honors an individual or group who has demonstrated commitment to the mission and positions of The Arc by volunteering time locally or on a statewide basis to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities or working on special projects or events.

 Exemplary Educator

Honors a New Mexico educator or leader in education who has demonstrated excellence in providing for the education of students with developmental and other disabilities.  Nominees for this award may include teachers, principals, administrators, school board members, college faculty or researchers.

 Inclusive Employer

Honors a New Mexico employer with an exceptional record of providing inclusive community employment opportunities and accommodations for people with disabilities. 

 Public Awareness

Honors outstanding efforts by state and local media entities or individuals that create better public understanding of people with disabilities.  The award recognizes a variety of broadcast, print, and internet mass media, including – television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, podcasts, and blogs.

 Work Initiative

Honors a person or a group who seeks or has the knowledge, skills and initiative to start and operate his/her/their own business or an employee who has positively contributed to a workplace setting.

 Promising Young Leader

Honors an individual (under age 22) or a group whose members are age 22 or younger, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential as seen in volunteer efforts on special projects or events that enhance opportunities for people with disabilities in their community.

 Robert LeCompt Jr. Leadership Award

Honors an individual with intellectual or developmental disability that has shown exceptional leadership in their community through community activism and/or public policy.

Tenacious Tommy Award

Honors a self-advocate who tenaciously pursues goals outside of others’ expectations.  He/she truly breaks the mold and defies the label of ‘disabled.’  This person is an individual who dares to be different and is not influenced by others opinions of what is possible and what is not. We award you for having the courage to be yourself and pursue your own lifestyle.

 The Bob Thomas Achievement Award

The Award is given in memory of Bob Thomas and honors an individual with intellectual or developmental disability that has achieved much in their life despite their disability and other challenges.

To make a nomination(s) go to arcnm.org or click on https://www.arcnm.org/award-nomination-form-2016/.

The Summit on Social Equality &

Annual Arc Conference

This year's event will be held June 24-25 at Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town.  The theme is, "Staying Health While Having Fun!"  One of our featured guests and speakers will be Amie Lulinski, PhD, National Arc Director of Research and Evaluation.

Amie has worked with and for individuals who have I/DD and their families for over two decades.  Her connection to The Arc began when she served as a direct support professional at the McLean County Arc in Illinois before moving to Missouri where she worked for the St. Louis Arc.  Since then, Amie has served in various roles ranging from Director of Training and Quality Assurance at a community-based organization serving individuals with I/DD to Senior Researcher at a university. Additionally, Amie served as Secretary of the Board of The Arc of Illinois.

More information regarding speakers, sessions and registration will be coming out in April.

The Arc - Promoting the Rights of Individuals

Tim is an individual who was having problems with his Rep Payee not paying his bills and who felt that the agency “did not care about him as a person.”  Tim was behind on his house taxes. He owed several years’ worth totaling thousands of dollars. Tim switched to The Arc of New Mexico Rep Payee program in December 2014 and was placed on a budget.  He now feels that he has better control of his money. Tim has not only caught up his taxes on his home, he has saved money, gone on a weeklong trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and bought a new washer and dryer. Tim say’s “The Arc of New Mexico Rep Payee program is WONDERFUL!”

Homestart New Mexico

Homestart is a full-service non-profit promoting successful homeownership. We offer down payment assistance, one-on-one home buyer counseling, and more. Our goal is to help you understand and improve your finances so you can become ready to buy your own home. You can be a successful homeowner. Homestart is with you at every step of the way.

For more information visit www.homestartnm.org.

4401 Lomas Blvd. NE, Ste. B
Albuquerque, NM

Email: info@homestartnm.org

Phone: 505.243.6566
Fax: 505.545.6804

Albuquerque World Down syndrome Day

March 19, 2016

The Book of Noah

“The Book of Noah" is a journal of the first 10 years of the life Noah Gregory, a child born with Down syndrome before later developing (or given) Autism. Told by his father (with contributions from an online blog written by his mother) the book attempts to give an inside picture of how a child born with permanent disadvantages affects everyone him...for better or worse.

 Flipping back and forth between crucial events in his life, the reader sees Noah in the raw, getting to know him as he makes his way through his life with many a smile, as well as frustrations that he nor his family can't quite figure out (yet) how to solve. 

 With a lot of humor and brutal honesty, the book wants to reach and teach the reader, giving a voice to other parents who can understand the struggle and the joys of raising a child with special needs that others may not have to face. Its goal is to teach others that what you may see in public may not be the entire story. 

The book can be purchased here: https://www.createspace.com/5858648.

(This advertisement does not imply endorsement of the book by The Arc of New Mexico.)

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: Roger Weinreich, Alan and Veronica Neuman, Damon Blackmon Estate, Martinez, Hart and Thompson Law Offices, Jackie and Earl Todd, Randy Costales, Van Nunely, William A. Wiley Charitable Fund.

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