Organizational meeting for Arc of Carter County set

An organizational meeting for the Arc of Carter County will be held at Elizabethton City Schools central office, 804 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton, on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. Staff from the Arc of Tennessee will be presenting.
   A news release states, "Many times, families of people with disabilities have no place to turn to when help is needed. At the present time, Carter County lacks many resources, such as respite care, to help families with these problems. The formation of an Arc (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens) in this area would increase supports and services for people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities in our community."
   According to the news release, the organizational meeting is for those who have a family member with mental retardation or a related developmental disability, those who have a child in special education with significant learning disabilities or a young child in an early intervention program, professionals in the field, special education teachers, agency personnel, business people who are interested in helping serve the needs of the community, and anyone who is interested in promoting the needs of people with disabilities.
   The Arc is a family-based advocacy organization on mental retardation and related developmental disabilities.
   For more information, call Kim Lavin, Director of Federal Projects for the Elizabethton City School system, at 547-8109; Jerry Beth Lyons, Special Ed. Director of Carter County Schools; Ellie Hjemmet at 772-4146; or Teena Bradley, with "I Pinky Promise," at 547-0517.