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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... 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... 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 talk... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.   ... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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. ... 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... 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,... 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,... 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 therapy often opens the door to... Read More
at Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Our Favorite Spring Art Projects for Special Needs Adults

Spring has sprung, and we’re planning lots of fun art projects for Baddour residents. Whether inspired by the blooms in our Garden Center or by the bright sunshine on walks outside, residents can use their inspiration to create bright and beautiful works of art. When choosing a residence for adults with special needs, it’s important to consider a facility that offers plenty of activities that contribute to quality of life. Programs like the Creative Arts Center at Baddour offer... Read More
at Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How to Select a Facility for Adults with Disabilities

If you are the parent, guardian, or caretaker of an adult with disabilities, you have a life that can sometimes be complicated. For as many joys as life brings, there are also questions that come up over the years, regarding your loved one’s future, health, and happiness. Often, choosing an adult facility means giving up some control. By sending your loved one to a new home, you are unable to be there, at a moment’s notice, to help or to be there if he or she needs you. For... Read More
at Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Everyone Is Blessed

At home over the holiday, I was reflecting on Baddour Center. This is a recurring reflection… I never cease to be amazed, and humbled, by others’ generosity to this ministry.  I confess the reflection is more intense toward year-end due to the often-overwhelming support people show Baddour.  When I returned this week to the office, I found the following quote in one of many emails:    "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, More Decisions

A brand new year. It’s that time of year when the holiday season is over and there’s white space in our calendars to work on new goals. Honestly, for me, it’s a fresh start filled with hope that I will get things done this year…without procrastinating! Sometimes, it’s the getting started part that seems overwhelming for me; after that, I can get in a groove and knock out tasks. With that thought in mind, I want to help those of you who are looking for group... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Community Treasure

Having recently seen in the local newspaper an article about the performance, I was looking forward to a date with my wife on a recent Thursday evening. We were going to see Handel’s Messiah , presented by Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Division of Fine Arts. I’ve heard the Northwest Singers previously and knew they would do a great job.  When we entered the Fine Arts Auditorium, we were unexpectedly greeted by 20-30 Baddour Center residents, who... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Monday, December 11, 2017

Embracing Technology

The Baddour Center is moving to the next phase of embracing technology!  In addition to our open computer lab that all of our residents have access to, we are now able to assist residents with new technology in a variety of ways. The amount of goods and services online has compelled most of us to adapt to the undeniable changes brought to us by technology. Nowadays, having a device capable of internet connectivity is almost a necessity. Here at The Baddour Center, residents and staff... Read More
Posted by Brittany Rodgers at Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Baddour highlighted at FedEx conference

I must share a recent and tremendous experience. The Baddour Center participated in the 2017 FedEx Services Global Supplier Conference. The event, held at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, brought together hundreds of professionals whom worldwide serve FedEx at some point in their supply chain.  While this is probably not necessary, I remind you that we are a FedEx “supplier,” along with the many much larger, household names of corporations you might... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Local church embraces Baddour residents

The Baddour Center is happy to announce that Independence United Methodist Church has reached out to Baddour residents by inviting them to join a Sunday School program at the church. “We are thrilled about the church’s willingness to do this and thankful for their enthusiasm,” Parke Pepper, Executive Director of The Baddour Center, said. “Welcoming these residents into the church body is an awesome thing, and the residents always love being a part of our larger... Read More
Posted by Natalie Troutt at Tuesday, October 17, 2017

YOUR Summer Program 2017 recap

“Whatever you do, do it as service to [God], and He will guarantee your success.” Proverbs 16:3 (VOICE) At the beginning of 2017, I selected the verse above and used Bible Gateway to read nearly every version available in order to determine which one I liked best before writing it on a bright colored paper and posting it on my office door. Certain words popped out to me for being simple yet powerful: whatever, service, guarantee, and success. I wanted to remember this entire year... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Monday, July 31, 2017

Spring/Summer sports update

May ended a very busy spring! We had Track and Field and the Summer State games, which consisted of volleyball, tennis, swimming, and powerlifting. June is a time to slow down for us. Golf and bowling are the only sports we are playing this month. We bowl on Tuesday and golf on Wednesday and Thursday. Our June golf tournament is scheduled to be held at Glen Eagle in Millington on June 26. We have two athletes going to the National Golf Tournament in Seattle, Washington. Jeremiah Doane and... Read More
at Monday, June 5, 2017

A Pitch for Volunteerism

Our new Director of Advancement shared yesterday this piece of information about Volunteerism… Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"How would you feel?" Improving Social Skills in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Yolie and I hold up photos of individuals with various facial expressions, and I ask the group, "How would you feel if someone gave you a compliment?" Several hands shoot up into the air and point at the various photos, and most point towards a photo of a young man with a smiling expression. "That's right! If someone gives us a compliment, we feel happy!" This brief interaction is a snapshot into our weekly lessons with some of the residents at The Baddour Center.... Read More
at Thursday, March 2, 2017

Home is Where the Heart is and Love Abounds

The month of February is widely considered by some to be the month of “love”, so what better time to blog about all of the many reasons myself and others love The Baddour Center? It is quite an easy topic for someone who has spent the better part of her life living and loving all things Baddour!  While the word “love” can be defined in so many different ways, it has always been clear to me that love is a never ending story of an open book and experiences. With... Read More
at Friday, February 3, 2017

Baddour Proudly Partners with Upward Basketball

Our Baddour Center Leadership Team sat at a conference table in the fall of 2008, deliberating the pros and cons of hosting the local Upward Basketball Program on campus in our gym.  Is the gym available?  Should we charge the churches and participants a fee?  Can and will residents attend the games?  Are we equipped to handle that many visitors?  More importantly, what good does this do Baddour?  What’s the liability to Baddour?  And so on.  ... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends, The 2016 chapter in Baddour Center history is closed; and, looking back, we experienced many highlights.  Among the many include: Welcoming 4 new directors to our Senior Leadership Team. Jennie Lou Pryor – Director of Health Services April Caccavano – Director Residential Services Richie Ayers – Director of Physical Plant Kristin Goode – Director of Education and Behavior Supports YOUR Summer Program reaching... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 20, 2017