2020 - STAR Center

Art of Eden Online Gallery

Star Center was a recipient of a Jackson Arts Council 2019-2020 Grant for the project “Art of Eden,” which provided art therapy services with art therapist, Sarah Hamil, to the girls at Eden of YouthTown. The art will be showcased on a Facebook Livestream June 30th and will stay on display at the Greyhound Bus […]

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a student with books piled on head. what some might feel college success with ADHD feels like.

How to Have College Success with ADHD

Is college success possible for you or your child with ADHD? The answer is a resounding, “Yes.” Recently, our President, Dave Bratcher, was asked to contribute to an article featured on EduMed.com. You can read the full story here. As COVID-19 continues to make the future of college classes uncertain, there are many things you […]

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Vocational Rehabilitation Turns 100

History Have you ever known someone who turned 100 years old? 0.0173% of the population will reach this milestone. Vocational Rehabilitation turns 100, meaning they have been positively impacting those with disabilities for 100 years. As you know, an organization can’t impact anyone. This means there is a requirement for humans to be involved with […]

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STAR Mom of the Year Award

As we are all remaining safer at home, this is adding stress to many families. There is a way you can shine a light for good. The STAR Center invites you to recognize an unsung hero in the community and nominate a STAR Mom of the Year. Any woman who lives in West Tennessee and […]

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At Home Arts Logo

At Home Arts

The STAR Center has begun a new series called At Home Arts with Katlin and Rebekah. We understand with COVID-19, many are looking for ways to keep their children/students entertained while using every day resources. Two of the music therapists, Katlin Ross and Rebekah Tarplin, are bringing you easy and educational ways to incorporate arts […]

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two young women indoor receiving project search award

Project SEARCH Awards

The Project SEARCH Staff added something new this year by giving awards out each Intern Rotation at West Tennessee Healthcare. They gave the several awards during the second rotation of Project SEARCH to ensure the students understood their importance. The Most Supportive Department award goes to The Laundry Department. The Most Valuable Mentor award goes to Dakota from Patient Transport. […]

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COVID-19 Front line workers – Thank You

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm. It is something that is affecting every one of us daily. There are conversations about what to do, when to do it, and how we should go about it. The problem with all these questions is the absence of clear answers. While pandemics are not new, […]

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Opportunity for All painting of Lewis and Clark as they look out across the new land.

Opportunity for ALL

Opportunity for ALL guides what we do each day. Hanging in my office is the painting you see above. It was painted by Brian Hart and depicts Lewis and Clark looking at the unknown that lied ahead. When we experience things for the first time, there is both excitement and fear. When our clients find […]

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Assistive technology being demonstrated. This is one of the ways disability does not have the last word.

Disability Does Not Have the Last Word

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m too old to _______,” or “I’m too young to ________?” This is common language many of use will use, but it’s simply not true. In the disability services industry, we frequently see self-limiting language used by those we serve. They begin to limit what is possible […]

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photo of young lady with glasses smiling

Meet Maria: The Sunshine Storyteller

Maria also goes by the beloved name, “Miss Sunshine.” She is the firstborn of Beth and Woody Tatman of Jackson, TN. Despite every obstacle she’s faced in her life, she shines brighter than any other person around her.  Maria was due in a week when her mother, Beth, went in for a routine exam. While […]

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