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12 Helpful Down Syndrome Resources

We know that caring for a loved one with Down syndrome can be challenging to navigate, especially when you’re doing it all on your own. To help you better educate yourself, advocate for those with Down syndrome, and find support, we’ve gathered 12 helpful resources for you to use and share with others in the Down syndrome community.  Our resources can be categorized into the following four categories: Education and research Down syndrome organizations Pr... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Chapel Repairs

give today Chapel Features Baddour Memorial Chapel, one of the original and possibly the most iconic building on our campus. Located in the center of our nearly 120-acre campus, it sits on a slight hill so that it’s visible as you drive into campus. Its centrality is not just a physical location but a mental, emotional, spiritual location as well. Members of the Baddour family, who founded our organization, chose – with intention – to be a faith-based organization. This... Read More

Farewell to the Fashion Show

A note from the Executive Director Whenever I meet people familiar with The Baddour Center, I often ask about their first “connection.”  For many if not most, it’s The Miracles; however, I contend the annual Baddour Center Fashion Show held its own and reached a huge number over its 40-plus year run.  With the pandemic forcing cancellations, dating back to 2020, we decided to end this event and former Baddour staple.  Identifying an appropriate venue, contro... Read More

Summertime Activities for Those With Sensory Processing Issues

Finding entertaining activities that don’t involve large crowds and high temperatures in the summer can be difficult for anyone — especially for those with sensory processing issues. However, there are still plenty of ways that these individuals can make the most of summertime fun! Some enjoyable activities for those with sensory processing issues include: Indoor adventures Arts and crafts Nature walks Swimming Indoor Adventures Heading over to the local museum or ... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Internships with Individuals with IDDs

Many colleges and universities require students to complete an internship in order to graduate with a bachelor or higher level degree. Classroom studies lay a wonderful foundation to understanding and gaining knowledge in one’s field of study, but internships allow a student to see first-hand how the vocabulary, case studies, and other knowledge are put into action.  According to, “interns not only gain technical knowledge within the industry of their choice, but t... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Friday, August 5, 2022

Fostering Creativity in Individuals with IDDs

We all have a creative side — individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD) are no exception. Creative activities and the arts give people a way to express their feelings in mediums other than words. For those with IDDs, this can be especially helpful in communicating their emotions and thoughts, as conventional communication can present roadblocks and difficulties. Research shows that there are several other benefits of participating in creative activities for ... Read More
at Monday, July 18, 2022

Mississippi ABLE Accounts

Have you ever been frustrated that your loved one could only have $2,000 in his or her name in order to continue receiving government benefits? Having a limited amount of funds in a person with disability's name can be problematic when families are trying to save for long-term care of their loved one or in situations where the loved one will receive a sum of money due to an accident or inheritence. In many cases, families are also looking for a tax-incentive to save for their loved one's... Read More
at Wednesday, June 15, 2022

An Anti-Bullying Narrative

By: Sarah Sanders, Intern for The Baddour Center’s Education & Behavior Support Division Bullying behavior occurs in many different settings, with many different age groups. Unfortunately, this is one aspect that is not different about life at The Baddour Center. Walter Roberts, Jr., noted counseling professor and author, has written and implemented numerous anti-bullying initiatives that have proven beneficial and successful. He explained that two basic principles must be present... Read More
at Friday, June 10, 2022

Autism in the Workplace

Finding and adjusting to a new job is difficult for everyone. For individuals with autism, job hunting and acclimating to a workplace environment presents its own unique challenges. While those with autism often have skills and talents that are highly desired, there are struggles they must overcome every day in order to effectively perform their job responsibilities. In this blog, we'll explain how employers can best support these employees and identify some common workplace stressors, like: ... Read More
at Friday, May 20, 2022

Ways to Get Involved on World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is right around the corner! You may be wondering what you can do to get involved on this special day and support the Down syndrome community. Let’s discuss a few different ways you can do your part and be an advocate on March 21st, such as: Getting informed Advocating for change Participating in an event Donating Getting Informed A great first step to take to get involved on World Down Syndrome Day is getting informed. With so many resources readily avail... Read More
at Thursday, March 10, 2022

Self Care for Family of Disabled Individuals

Caring for an individual with disabilities, although rewarding, can be stressful. Sometimes, taking a step back and allowing a moment of rest for yourself is necessary. Practicing self-care can often positively impact your loved one, as well. In this blog, we’ll discuss good self-care practices such as:   Make time for your passions Schedule your alone time Ask for help and support Consult a therapist   Make Time for Your Passions When you’re spending... Read More
at Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Sharon shares about working with people with IDD

Sharon shares about her experience working with people with special needs Blog by Sharon Perry, The Baddour Center's Director of Human Resources, who is pictured at left with YOUR Summer Program participant Kyleigh.  My boss caught me today dancing in the hall as I was headed towards the ladies’ room and heard Aretha Franklin’s classic song “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” playing in the gym.  A group of people who live at Baddour Center were walking in the gym, exerc... Read More
at Monday, January 24, 2022

Be like Buzz

Be like Buzz. Live inspired! Give Now Background on Buzz Frank “Buzz” McPherson, Jr. was born in Michigan in 1942 and later moved to Florida with his family.  Buzz had an incredibly active and supportive family that wisely recognized he could not achieve all of his life goals living at home with his parents.  So, they searched the country for what they thought was the perfect fit; and, in 1979,  Buzz moved to Baddour Center, becoming one of its first residents.&nbs... Read More
at Friday, November 19, 2021

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 31!

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 31! This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act turned 31. This is a very important milestone, as the ADA made it possible for millions of Americans who have disabilities to live a life of equality. This act protects the rights of disabilities, from employment to access to private establishments. Read on to learn more about the ADA and its importance. What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? The Americans with Disabilities Act is also k... Read More
at Monday, November 8, 2021

Empowering Representation of Intellectually Disabled Individuals in Media and Pop Culture

Every parent wants their child to fit in, and for parents of children with intellectual disabilities, this can be an emotional challenge. Now more than ever, television, social media, and other pop-culture outlets are tackling this issue head-on, depicting characters who may not fit the traditional mold, but who bring a plethora of valuable skills to the table. What are the common problematic portrayals of those with disabilities? Media and pop culture tend to put a few stereotypes around i... Read More
at Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween Fun for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Halloween is one of the most loved holidays at The Baddour Center! It’s everyone’s favorite dress up month. We’ve thrown quite a few Halloween parties, and these are our favorite party ideas, costumes, and tips for how to make this spooky holiday fun for everyone! Spooky Sensory Buckets When most people hear the term “sensory stimulation”, they may not realize that it is beneficial for people of all ages. Sensory stimulation is very beneficial for adults with... Read More
at Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Baddour Center Cookbook: Our Story & Why You Should Buy It

What is The Baddour Center cookbook? The “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” cookbook is a compilation of classic recipes put together in 1979 by Mr. Charles Baddour. With more than 100,000 copies sold to date, this cookbook has continued to wow cooks and food lovers over the years.  How did The Baddour Center cookbook start? In 1979, Charles Baddour began to compile a collection of favorite recipes, and he was known to bring a homemade cake to residents and staff members cel... Read More
at Tuesday, October 26, 2021

How to Empower Your Loved Ones with Disabilities

Many families ask us what they can do to prepare their loved one for life at The Baddour Center or in some cases, how to create similar life experiences at home. While the experience of living in a community of peers independently from family can’t be replicated, there are ways to ensure your loved one is growing in autonomy, confidence, and building life skills that will help them in all areas of their lives - both at home and in a community for adults with disabilities. Let’s ta... Read More
at Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Do Sensory Processing Disorders Get Better Over Time?

Do Sensory Processing Disorders Get Better Over Time? If you or someone you love struggles with a sensory processing disorder, you may be wondering whether or not these issues get better or worse over time. The fact of the matter is that sensory processing disorders can vary widely in their severity, and whether or not they become less prevalent over time is highly dependent on the person they’re affecting, whether they’ve been diagnosed and if they’ve received treatment. ... Read More
at Thursday, October 7, 2021

Indoor Activities for Adults with Disabilities

As we spend more time separated from familiar social gatherings and routines, even the most resolute homebodies can get a taste of cabin fever.  Being cooped up indoors can take a toll on just about anyone, but we have six crafts that we know help relieve boredom and nourish creativity! Clay Crafts Clay crafts might seem like an obvious avenue and outlet for those who need to keep their hands busy, but that’s exactly why we want to highlight it!  There are a plethora of mode... Read More
at Thursday, September 30, 2021

Baddour Center Holds Open House Celebrating Building The Best Life Campaign

On August 27, 2021, The Baddour Center held an Open House showcasing two new and two renovated homes as part of the Center’s Building The Best Life Comprehensive Campaign. To date, Baddour Center has secured approximately $8 million toward their $17 million campaign goal.  The Baddour Center is a 120-acre residential community in northwest Mississippi that provides the necessary infrastructure to support a full, daily life for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. Badd... Read More
at Wednesday, September 29, 2021

How to Improve Quality of Life for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

In the not-so-distant past, it was fairly common for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to be placed into institutions. However, over the past 50 years, the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities has dramatically changed. A move away from institutional care, combined with better nutrition and health care, has resulted in longer, fuller lives as active participants within our communities.  At Baddour Center, we strive to advance the quality of life for... Read More
at Monday, August 30, 2021

Learning to Read Body Language

Learning to Read Body Language April is Autism Awareness Month, and as is the case, we thought we’d shed a little light on the topic of body language. First, what is body language? Body language is defined as the process of communicating nonverbally through conscious or unconscious gestures and movements. Second, there are many different types of unconscious body language such as: facial expressions, body movements and posture, gestures, eye contact, and touch. Our body language a... Read More
at Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Disabled Communities Around the Country

Disabled Communities Around the Country Our team at Baddour Center is committed to providing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder with significant opportunities to thrive and contribute to society. Whether you are staying with us at Baddour Center or are looking to pull up stakes and move across the country, we want to help to provide you with the tools and resources you may need to find the right fit for your loved one with disabilities. Wit... Read More
at Monday, March 22, 2021

World Down Syndrome Day Celebration

How We Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day At The Baddour Center, we believe that representation is important.  We believe in celebrating the individuality and uniqueness of residents and the communities that they’re a part of.  As is the case, it would only make sense that we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day every March 21st!  Being an independent living facility means that we get to watch our members form friendships, let loose, and show the world what makes them extr... Read More
at Friday, March 19, 2021

Feed the Body, Fuel the Mind: Nutritional Tips for Individuals with Disabilities

Feed the Body, Fuel the Mind. Nutrition is an essential part of staying healthy both mentally and physically. Making sure we get enough of the right foods can be challenging. In essence, the right foods help fuel our mind. Though you may find thousands of fad diets and unique ways to prepare food, there are simpler ways to provide nutritional value to each meal.  5 Nutritional Tips for Individuals with Disabilities Individuals with disabilities may need extra attention to the meals th... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Adaptive Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults with Special Needs

Adaptive Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults with Special Needs Halloween is one of the most universally celebrated holidays in the United States. It’s a time for fun, food, fall-themed activities, and most importantly, costumes. Dressing up as your favorite superhero, TV character, or mythical creature is one of the most exciting things about this spooky holiday, and it’s a great way to celebrate our uniqueness. However, at times, Halloween can feel more trick than treat for indi... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Monday, October 12, 2020


How Has COVID-19 Affected the Disabled Community? It has been a very busy year.  The Baddour Center and the disabled community as a whole have faced some unique challenges in the wake of a worldwide pandemic.  However, we wanted to take the opportunity to sit down and answer some important questions we’ve been asked.  We’re always striving to be a reliable resource for special needs individuals and their families, and so we thought it was important to offer our in... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Monday, October 5, 2020

5 Ways to Stay Active with Your Disabled Loved Ones

Staying Active with Disabled Loved Ones Staying active is one of the most important parts of staying healthy. If you are a caregiver or a family member of a person with disabilities, it’s crucial to step up and help keep them active throughout each week. Finding unique ways to stay active comes with a variety of benefits for your physical and mental health and theirs.  DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that this article is not intended to replace or refute a physician’s advice ... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Communicating on Behalf of a Disabled Loved One

Communicating on Behalf of a Disabled Loved One Good communication is an important part of any relationship. For family members with a loved one living with disabilities, it’s a critical step toward reaching an optimal degree of care. Achieving effective communication between family members and caregivers is essential to the mental and physical well-being of those with intellectual disabilities. 6 Tips for Communicating with Caregivers This type of communication can often be stress... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Top 5 Video Games for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Top 5 Games for People With Intellectual Disabilities Video games are fantastic teaching and learning tools.  They entertain us, alleviate stress, foster creativity,  problem-solving skills, reading comprehension---The list goes on and on. According to Ph.D. and bestselling author Jane McGonigal, games and game designers are on a humanitarian mission:  To improve real lives and solve real-world problems.  She’s an outspoken advocate for games (of all kinds) as ther... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Best Books for Parents of Special Needs Individuals

Books for Parents of Special Needs Individuals Parents of children with special needs face unique challenges. As a group of individuals who are always looking for ways to connect and find hope, books have become a great source of information for parents to find new information and relate to others on their journey. From inspirational stories to informative guides, parents of children with special needs can benefit from a multitude of books concerning the topic of raising special needs childr... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Friday, March 6, 2020

8 Tips for Traveling with Special Needs Adults

Traveling with Loved Ones with Special Needs Traveling with family members can be overwhelming at times, but it can be even more stressful to travel with special needs family members. On the other hand, it is also extremely rewarding to have your loved ones by your side while visiting new places. Traveling with special needs family members may be challenging, but there are a variety of ways to make the most of the journey while making it easier on you and the rest of your family.   ... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Friday, January 10, 2020

Finding Hope for Special Needs Parents

Finding Hope  Difficult and rewarding. How do those two words fit together? Parents of special needs children live out the answer every single day. A diagnosis can be devastating, and there are aspects of their journey that may seem hopeless. It’s important, however, to keep in mind that every individual can have hope for their future, including those with special needs. With a multitude of resources and inspiring individuals, parents with special needs can have faith that their... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Miracles: Why Book Them & How

Who are The Baddour Center’s The Miracles? The Miracles are the Baddour Center’s nationally-recognized choir performs both locally and around the country. Community life at the Baddour Center plays a significant role in allowing residents to participate and enjoy a multitude of activities with their peers, and The Miracles offer an opportunity for Baddour residents to join an award-winning musical ensemble. Miracles choir members must both audition and attend weekly mandatory pra... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, November 14, 2019

Guide to Secondary Education for Adults with Special Needs

College with Special Needs As a caregiver for an adult with special needs, you may feel as if your loved one has fewer opportunities to pursue secondary education. Although some may be prepared to spread their wings after high school, there are also many adults with special needs can transition into the workforce, training programs, and more. These opportunities give each individual the opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life by becoming part of the world around them.  &nbs... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Guide to Legal Documents for Special Needs Adults: Trusts & Wills

Legal Documents for Special Needs Adults Being aware of the legal documents in place for special needs adults is extremely important for individuals with disabilities as well as their families. Having access to this information will allow individuals to know their rights and the rights of their families in regards to financial, medical, and other matters.    Special Needs Trusts A special needs trust, also sometimes referred to as a supplemental needs trust, is typically put i... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Monday, August 26, 2019

Melvin Celebrates 40 Years

The Baddour Center’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tricia ‘TP’ Melvin achieved a milestone at Baddour when she celebrated her 40-year employment anniversary on Friday, August 2.   The Baddour Center opened in December of 1978, and Melvin began work in August of 1979 when the first residents were admitted. She was the Center’s first Director of Residential Services, serving until 2012 when she became the Chief Operating Officer.   Melvin ha... Read More
at Wednesday, August 7, 2019

5 Ways to Combat Social Isolation as a Special Needs Parent

Challenges of Being a Special Needs Parent At Baddour Center, we commend special needs parents for all they do, and we understand the challenges that come with parenting individuals with special needs. The life of a special needs parent includes an additional set of responsibilities and concerns other parents need not consider.  Social Isolation and Special Needs Parents Special needs parents are often unable to participate in peer and family events to the extent that other parents ar... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, June 27, 2019

Guide to Sensory Processing Disorders

What Is Sensory Processing Disorder? Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which individuals feel intense emotional, mental, or physical pain or stress as a result of sensory overload. Sensory processing disorder often includes aversions or intense reactions to various sights and sounds related to each of the five senses: Taste Touch Sight Smell Sound 7 Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder People with sensory processing disorder may exhibit signs of overwhelm when co... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, May 23, 2019

Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Adults with Special Needs

What are the Best Gifts for People with Disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorders? Some family members can be tough to buy for, especially those with special needs. There’s always the question of “What do they want?” and “What do they need,?” but for those with sensory processing disorders, it can be even more difficult to find clothing and entertainment options that are sensory-friendly. Here are a few of our top picks for the best gift ideas for adults ... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Monday, December 17, 2018

Tips for Transitioning Your Special Needs Child into Adulthood

For any parent, the transition between adolescence and adulthood can be a time of frustration, anxiety, and concern. Whether your child has special needs or not, helping them navigate the world of adulthood and responsibility can feel overwhelming, but know you’re not alone on this journey. If you are the parent or guardian of a special needs individual, know that Baddour and our team are here to help any questions you have regarding the best way to help prepare your child for life a... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Housing Options for Special Needs Adults

Whether your loved one requires round-the-clock care and supervision or they are able to complete most tasks independently, there are different types of housing options available. Some of the options available include: Independent Living Facilities- Independent living facilities are for special needs adults who are able to live independently with little to no assistance. There are often common areas, such as dining halls and recreational facilities to encourage socialization among residents.... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How to Communicate Effectively With Special Needs Adults

Communicating with Adults with Special Needs If you are communicating with a special needs adult in your professional or personal life, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most important thing to consider when communicating with special needs adults is that, like anyone else, they respond well to respect and kindness. In many ways, communicating with a special needs adult is like communicating with other adults, but here are a few tips to ensure you are communicating effectively and ... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, September 19, 2018

August is Special-Needs Parents Appreciation Month- Why These Parents Are Our Heroes

Being the parent of a special needs child, young or older, is hard. All children are a lot of responsibility, especially newborns and toddlers. Individuals with SN continue to need additional support that other neuro-typical children become less and less dependent on as they move into their teenage and adult years. Many will still need help with reading, expressing emotions, understanding social situations they're put in, picking out clothes, reminders to complete personal hygiene tasks,... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lou's Top 5 Health Tips for Special Needs Adults

Just like anyone else, it’s important for adults with special needs to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing to prevent serious health disorders and complications. In addition to the health guidelines often recommended to the general population, such as not smoking, not using drugs, and not consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, there are a few health tips special needs adults and their caregivers can follow to maintain a positive state of wellbeing and increase longevity. HE... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Summer Activities Baddour Residents Love and Your Loved One With Special Needs Will Too!

1. Visit a Farmer’s Market The MidSouth is home to some fantastic farmers markets. Head to your local farmers market for inspiration for new recipes using fresh, local ingredients and to get to know the local farmers producing your favorite foods. Many farmers markets even offer honey, artisan breads, and other non-produce items for sale. Memphis Farmers Market The Memphis Farmers Market held on South Main each Saturday from April through October is the largest in the Mid-South are... Read More
at Friday, July 6, 2018

50 Years, Countless Stories: Celebrating the Special Olympics

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. This event is especially close to our hearts considering the impact it has had on the intellectually disabled. Over the past 50 years, we’ve watched Olympians overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. THE 25 MOST INSPIRING OLYMPIC MOMENTS OF ALL TIME   As a center committed to providing numerous opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities, we offer numerous programs to support this mission, including ou... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Friday, June 29, 2018

5 Simple Yet Clever Gardening Tips from the Baddour Garden Center

Communities like Baddour offer a safe and comfortable place for adults with intellectual disabilities to learn, grow, and gather for fun and engaging events and activities. One such activity available at Baddour is the opportunity to work in the Baddour Garden Center. Those who work in the Garden Center grow, tend, and cultivate flowers, and produce for purchase through the center. LEARN MORE   In spring and summer, guests are able to purchase an array of beautiful annuals, perennials, p... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Thursday, April 12, 2018

Baddour Embraces Partnership with Retrieving Freedom

A number of you have seen our Facebook pictures, but we also want to bring you blog followers to speed concerning our growing relationship with Retrieving Freedom, Inc. In short, Retrieving Freedom (RFI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training service dogs to help people, namely veterans, children with autism, and individuals living with diabetes.   For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), pet therapyoften opens the door to a v... Read More
at Wednesday, April 4, 2018