Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 May, 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

Summit on Social Equality &

Annual Arc Conference

This year's conference will be held June 24-25 at Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town.  The theme is, "Staying Healthy While Having Fun!" 

The event will feature a variety of sessions addressing topics such as the ABLE Act, how to understand behavior and effective responses, self-advocacy and self-determination, adaptafitness, networking through social dance and many others.  Friday night will feature a dinner, self-advocacy awards, dance and karaoke. Saturday will feature The Arc Awards Luncheon

The conference is a great opportunity learn, meet new people and catch up with old friends.  Register now at www.arcnm.org.

The Arc Awarded Justice Grant

This month, six chapters of The Arc each received a $2,000 Pathways to Justice™ grant from The Arc of the U.S.  Funded by DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Pathways to Justice program was initiated in 2013 by The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD) with the goal of developing strong and lasting relationships between criminal justice professionals and the disability community.  These partnerships then work together to close gaps in services experienced by people with disabilities and their families at all stages in the criminal justice system. This year’s recipients are The Arc of New Mexico; The Arc of Texas; Berkshire County Arc (MA); The Arc of Loudoun County (VA); The Arc of Ventura County (CA); and The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties (IL).

 The Pathways to Justice training focuses on three target audiences: law enforcement, victim service providers, and attorneys. Using evidenced-based models and promising practices from the mental illness and victim advocacy fields (such as establishing a Disability Response Team), the program raises participant awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and urges communities to find solutions together.  Upon completion of the one-day training, criminal justice and disability professionals, people with disabilities and others work together to begin creating site-specific, holistic solutions to challenges their community faces when their citizens with disabilities enter the criminal justice system as either victims or defendants/suspects/offenders.

The Arc - Promoting the Rights of People with Disabilities

Ken is fascinated by the history of Pearl Harbor and WWII.  While Ken worked and wanted to save money, it was not possible to save more than $2000 due to the resource cap for individuals receiving SSI and Medicaid.   Ken established a Special Needs Trust with The Arc and in just over three years Ken saved enough more than enough funds to take a vacation.

In 2015 his dream came true with a trip to Hawaii where he visited Pearl Harbor Memorial, explored battleships, surfed and snorkeled, attended a Luau and tried new foods. 

The Arc Trust accounts help individuals live their dreams and save funds for house, vacations, vehicles entertainment and other extras to enhance their quality of life. 

An often asked question, how can I provide funds to my family member or friend with a disability?  The answer is a third party trust.  Steve’s family established a trust for him about ten years ago and it was funded on the death of his father.  Steve now has a secure future and can enjoy travel, new clothes, entertainment and much more.   The trust provided peace of mind for the family knowing Steve did not just have to depend on government benefits and protected his government benefits.

Third party trusts provide remainder funds in a trust can be inherited by other family members and/or  given to favorite charities.  In this case Steve’s remainder trust funds will go to The Arc of New Mexico, leaving a legacy in his family’s name. 

Call the trust office 505.883.4630 or visit The Arc website www.arcm.org to learn more about Trusts for your loved one with a disability and supporting The Arc of New Mexico in your will and trust.

Polynesian Night in Silver City

The 4th Annual Polynesian Night at Western New Mexico University.  Jaimie, Bubba, and McKenzie danced with the Polynesian dancers after an authentic meal prepared by the Polynesian Club.  All three of these friends have attended the National Down Syndrome Conference.  These friends have been motivated to actively participate in other community events.   This was possible through The Arc of NM Down Syndrome Fund.  Many smiles on everyone's faces, a beautiful culture right here in Silver City.  Each year this event falls on the first week of May at WNMU.