(Lafayette, La.) — On Thursday, May 24, the Arc of Acadiana held its annual membership banquet at the Hampton Inn & Suites in New Iberia. Approximately 200 members, employees, clients and invited guests were present to hear National Down Syndrome President Jim Faber speak.
Mr. Faber spoke to attendees about the limitless possibilities of people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities — a message that fits well with Arc’s core purpose: promoting and protecting the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Arc CEO Kenny Patton reviewed the past year’s accomplishments, including the successful privatization of the Arc Northwest Supports and Services Center in Bossier City. Patton also discussed the Arc’s plans for the coming year: “It’s been an amazing time of growth for the Arc of Acadiana and our clients, and we have so much in store for the future.”
“Our ultimate goal is a society that accepts all persons as individuals within their own capabilities, allowing them to contribute to society as much as they are capable of contributing,” said Patton. “Together, I believe we are closer than ever to reaching that goal.”
Employees with multiple years of service were recognized and given bonuses at the banquet, and a new board of directors was elected and sworn in. In closing, the Arc of Acadiana leadership expressed its “deep gratitude” to all of its employees, members, clients and friends who have helped build the organization into a true resource for the greater Acadiana community.
Photo: Mr. Jim Faber, National Down Syndrome President, addresses banquet attendees.
The Arc of Acadiana, formerly The Arc of Iberia, is a chapter of The Arc, a national nonprofit organization designed to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Partnering with these individuals and their families in our community, The Arc of Acadiana works to create a supportive local environment in which those whom they serve are given opportunities to make healthy, satisfying choices in their lives. For additional information, visit www.arcofacadiana.org.