Memphis, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – 1 out of every 10 family members will have a child with a disability according to local experts. And, one organization is doing their part to “Bridge the Voices” of those children and seniors to ensure they have a fighting chance at a normal life. Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin has this local good news.
“We’re that voice to the voiceless. We help those who
can’t help themselves, and we stand in the gap for those who have been left out
and forgotten,” said Arc Mid-South Executive Director
Carlene Leaper is the executive director of Arc Mid-South. The organization has a long history of providing services to people with disabilities and their families.
“People don’t realize the hurt and shame that people with disabilities face each day,” said Leaper. “They can have a great opportunity if just given a chance, if just given a chance like everyone else.”
Arc Mid-south does just that, give children as young as 3 to our elders with disabilities a fighting chance at succeeding. They served more than 1,500 families just last year.
“We advocate and promote living in your own home, in your own community, with your own job,” said Leaper.
And now they will recognize the people they serve and others at an awards and benefit gala on October 26 at Memphis Botanic Garden.
“The Arc is known to be that voice for people who don’t speak for themselves or can’t speak for themselves,” said Leaper.