Mental Health Awareness Month

From Stigma to Success Today we are kicking off the month of May.  May is such a busy and exciting time:  showing appreciation for your mother, graduations, “May flowers” (and no more of those pesky “April showers”).  The possibilities [...]

Life with a Disability

I, Allison Shipp, have a disability.  You cannot see it by looking at me; I don’t require a wheelchair to get around or need special technology to read my mail.  However, my disability impacts me daily.  It is a [...]

What is Music Therapy?

When someone asks, “what do you do?” I imagine they expect an answer like teaching or counseling.  Based on the looks and questions that inevitably follow, “I am a music therapist” is not what they anticipated.  Granted the response [...]

Tactile Maps and Anthony Doerr

What do Pulitzer Prize winning novels, the streets of Paris France, and tactile maps have in common? I recently read the Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The novel takes place during [...]

Mindfulness: Season and Time

Our Creative Arts Therapy Groups (CAT Groups) serve adults with disabilities.  Intellectual disabilities are common in these groups, and our therapists work to build social skills and awareness of time.  One of my favorite things about our Creative Arts [...]

The Century Club

One Thursday, a couple of weeks ago, I ate lunch with around 20 community leaders as we heard about ways to get involved in the work The STAR Center is doing in Jackson and beyond.  It wasn’t a big [...]

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