Using the force just got a little bit easier for one family in Jackson.

During KidsFest, the STAR Center’s Learning Lab held a drawing for a free STAR Wars Jedi Force Trainer. We are pleased to announce that Libby Johnson won this prize! Congratulations to Libby! And Thank you to all of the people who entered that contest.

You may wonder why we gave away a Star Wars toy? Well because some of the same technology that helps this fun toy set run, is the same technology we use to help students learn to focus with our PLAY Attention software. If you know a student who is having trouble paying attention, we may be able to help. For more information about PLAY Attention and our other Learning Lab services please contact us! or 731-668-3888.

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KidsFest 2013 is in the books!

Saturday was KidsFest. It went off without a hitch except for a little rain. But for most of the morning a hot air balloon was flying over the fairgrounds and children were running around the fairgrounds having a great time. We would like to thank our major sponsors: LeBonhuer Children’s Hospital and First South Bank/FSB insurace. To see a full list of sponsors be and sure and visit this link. See some pictures from Saturday below:









STEP workshop coming to STAR!

The STEP Inc workshop series continues at STAR. Do you need information about Individual Education Plans? Have you attended a BASIC rights workshop? This is the next steps to making the IEP fit your child well.

This free workshop will be held on October 26 from 9-12pm at the STAR Center.

More details can be found at this link: STEP followup 10-26-13

If you would like to register for this event please contact Patricia Asher at 731-554-5139

Thank you for the support at Art by the Stars!

The STAR Center staff would like to extend a huge “Thank you!” to the Bank of Jackson for hosting our art show last night! The show will be up for a few more weeks at the Bank.Please stop by and check it out!

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Art by the Stars!


We are excited to announce an upcoming event made possible by the Bank of Jackson. The show, Art by the Stars,  will feature art created by the participants of the STAR Center’s Arts-4-Autism Summer Camp. There will be a variety of art on display and available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the STAR Center. The Arts-4-Autism Camp was sponsored by Lebonhuer Children’s Hospital and The Jackson Arts Council.

The reception for the show will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 5-7pm at the Bank of Jackson(420 Oil Well Road). Refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome. The show will remain up till October 4. Please take some time to come by and see us at the reception!

We are grateful for the Bank of Jackson for putting this reception together for us.

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Former Board President recives gift for service


To recognize the dedication of our out going Board President, the STAR Center did something creative and commissioned an original painting by Chase Rice. Janie Giles Carp, the STAR Center Art Therapist, reached out to Chase and he happily agreed to paint for this special occasion. Linda Poole, Chase’s mom, said Chase was very excited to work on this project.  Chase went to work during his art therapy sessions at the STAR Center and created the beautiful piece with reds, blues, and purples you see above. Linda describes Chase’s work as modernistic and says “He is a thinking-outside-of-the-box kinda’ guy”. The family calls this piece “A River Runs Through It”.

The recipient of the art, Mike Hewitt of Alexander Thompson and Arnold, just finished his second term as the President of the Board. Mike has been serving on the STAR Center board since 2001 and will continue to do so even though his service as president has come to the end.

The STAR Center is thankful for both Chase’s art and Mike’s service. Please join us in Thanking them both!


Sunshine Storyteller shares in Milan

Read the article below by the Milan Mirror-Exchange about Maria Tatman who is a dear friend of the STAR Center. MariainMilanexhcnace-01

STAR to host STEP Workshop on Aug 24

The STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) program will be hosting a seminar at the STAR Center on August 24. This seminar will be helping parents understand the rights their children have in the public education system. Please see the link below for more information.

This is a free workshop. Please register with Patricia Asher at 731.554.5139.

Press Release STEP 8-24-13

Congratulations! The STAR Center Receives $1000 Grant to support literacy programs

The STAR Center Receives $1000 Grant from the

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

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The STAR Center is a model demonstration, resource and training center dedicated to ensuring that all individuals with disabilities or other special needs maximize their potential for independence and achieve their personal goals of employment, effective learning and independent living through assistive technology, assistive aids and support services.