Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study
We are interested in learning how work, choice, confidence, and activism impact meaning in life. We are looking for adult participants of diverse employment statuses (e.g., employed, unemployed, underemployed), age 18 or older.
Your participation would take about 15-20 minutes of your time and would consist of taking an online survey. Participants may enter a drawing for a chance to win one of five $20 gift cards to Amazon.com (about a 1 in 40 chance of winning).
If interested, please visit the URL below. If you have any questions, you may contact the researcher, Dr. Melissa Fickling, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research at mfckling@memphis.edu.
To learn more and to participate in this study, go to


Disability Rights Tennessee is seeking an advocate for the agency’s Memphis office. This position is to promote the educational rights of students with disabilities.

Minimum requirements include BA/BS in education, psychology, social science, or related human service field with two years experience as a special education advocate, special education teacher, or other related professional position.  MA/MS/M.Ed preferred.  Bilingual skills helpful.

Must possess excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and case-work skills.  Frequent travel required. Persons with disabilities and members of racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please submit resume, letter of intent, and writing sample by June 15, 2015 to:

Gina Brady at ginab@disabilityrightstn.org



The Arc Mid-South is hiring Direct Support Professionals to serve individuals with disabilities at our 2 day overnight Weekend Retreat.


Service Over Self / 2505 Poplar Avenue / Memphis, TN

Nelson Wood / 3932 West Union Road / Millington, TN

St. Columba / 4577 Billy Maher Road / Memphis, TN

Stephen Olford / 4000 Riverdale Road / Memphis, TN


Retreat Dates 2015:

(Time: Friday 6pm – Sunday 12 noon)

• February 20th- 22nd

• March 27th-29th

• April 17th-19th

• May 8th-10th

The Arc Mid-South has provided Respite Weekend Retreats for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Formatted to be “mini-camps”, the weekend retreats are staffed with a ratio of 3:1 and offer social, recreational, and educational activities to participants while helping campers achieve greater independence.

Attendees will enjoy a variety of recreational activities including games, arts & crafts, entertainment, making tie-dye items, volleyball, nature walks, dancing, movies and learning to be more independent. And they make lifelong friends!

This is a great opportunity for seniors, retirees, or college students specializing in social work, special education, therapy, psychology, nursing, and other social and human service fields.

If you are interested in working as a Direct Support Professional at The Arc Mid-South, apply online at http://www.thearcmidsouth.org/employment.htm or apply in person at:

The Arc Mid-South

3485 Poplar Avenue, Suite 210

Memphis, TN 38111

The Arc Mid-South is an equal opportunity employer.






To apply, please mail a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, and three professional references to Knowledge Quest, P.OBox 2119, Memphis,TN 38101-2119.  All correspondence sent via the US Postal Service must be postmarked by Sunday, February 26, 2012.


Knowledge Quest’s Job Description

Mission: To Vigorously Equip Youth to Maximize Their Potential through Intellectual and Character Development

Job Title – Learning Support Specialist (School-Age/Teenage Academies)

Location:  Knowledge Quest Administrative Office , located at590 Jennette Place

Status:  Part-Time, Exempt Position

Reports to:  Program Coordinator

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:   Grant contingent.

TYPICAL WEEK: 2 – 6 pm Monday – Friday; some Saturdays will be required; time spent planning, coordinating activities; and providing direct service to youth.

JOB SUMMARY: The primary focus of the specialists is to collaborate with Learning Facilitators to ensure opportunities for differentiated intellectual and character development activities and to provide individualized learning support for students when necessary. The student/facilitator ratio is 1 to 18 and is distributed by grade levels; there is a Learning Support Specialist assisting facilitators for grades Pre-K through 12 that provide support youth development, educational enrichment and recreational activities. Supervision is not a responsibility of this class. Does related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Co-facilitating in classrooms in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies and  implement and coordinate the intellectual and character development activities and support programs ofKnowledgeQuestSchool-AgeAcademy
  • Assist with student support through individualized work as part of mainstream activities and pull-out services based on students’ needs
  • Support maintenance of  records related to program activities
  • Attends meetings, workshops and trainings as required
  • Support the monitoring and supervision of program participants by maintaining order and ensuring safety
  • Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school and experience (five years) in at-risk youth population/youth affairs are required.   Current college enrollment as a junior/senior is with a major in social work, psychology, education, or a related field is acceptable with professional and/or life experience (two years) of at-risk youth population/youth affairs activities.  Usage of Microsoft Office is required.


  • Experience(professional, volunteer and/or life) in working with elementary-aged children
  • Experience(professional, volunteer and/or life in collaborating constructively on a team
  • Knowledge of community resources available for youth.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Willingness to work daily within classrooms, observing students, assessing and developing individual plans
  • Flexibility to adapt support according to an assessment of need
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions

Knowledge Quest’s policies, programs, practices and procedures for hiring and employment adhere to all Local, State and Federal laws.