self advocates

American with Disabilities Act


July 26, 2020 marks thirty years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed. This law was the first official step in ending discrimination against people with disabilities. In addition to physical accessibility, it guarantees equal opportunity in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. It gives people who were once excluded a chance at a successful and fulfilling life. Many things have improved in the last thirty years with people’s attitudes and accessibility, and in many ways things still have a long way to go. The Arc Alliance, a self-advocacy group at The Arc …

A Message of Solidarity


A Message of Solidarity from President & CEO of The Arc of Monroe, Barbara Wale As I take time to reflect on the recent protests locally, regionally and nationally, our mission and vision stay top of mind for me. The Arc of Monroe’s mission is to create an inclusive society and ensure that the people we support are integrated wholly into our community, where diversity should be honored. Racism, injustice and violence have no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. Yet we continue to be unable to make enough progress regarding diversity in our country. Now, more than ever, …

How Do Our Brains Respond To Trauma?


Our brains are amazing.  They are the control centers for our whole body, and they make us who we are.  But for some people, it can feel like they are fighting a constant battle with their brain.  People who have experienced trauma, such as violence, abuse, a serious injury or a natural disaster, are at risk for developing a condition called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD impacts the way in which a person’s brain functions. There are three specific areas of the brain that are impacted by traumatic events.  The first is called the amygdala.  The amygdala’s job is to …

Emily Brown

How do we get off the couch?

Staff Perspectives

Written by Emily Brown Creative Arts Coordinator, Dance & A Moving Experience Community Arts Connection A daily routine. For me it began at Community Arts Connection on Elmwood Avenue at 7:30am. A cup of coffee and a banana while saying good morning to people as they arrived and checking my e-mail. A 9:15am dance class and 11:15am lunch, probably salad with tuna. A quick game of UNO in the kitchen and afternoon class until 2pm. Then came another cup of coffee, computer time and on Tuesdays and Thursdays a 4pm workout. Sometimes this schedule could be upwards of 4 hours …

trauma informed care

Stress, Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and COVID-19: What You Can Do Right Now to Best Support Your Team

Staff Perspectives

Written by: Elissa Strassman, RDN, CDN As you can imagine stress right now, is at an all-time high. We are experiencing a crisis, one that for many of us could never imagine. It may be bringing up many mixed emotions as we deal with adapting to a new way of living, working, coping with all that is happening around us, and fear for the health and safety of our self, our loved ones, people we support, the community, and life as we know it in the future ahead. People may be experiencing trauma for the first time It may be …

Covid 19 masks

Asking for volunteers to sew masks


We have been so grateful to all of the support that we have received from our community! You may be asking, how can I help during COVID-19? We could use some handmade masks for people working in our residential homes, to provide a little extra barrier while cooking, playing a game of cards, and interacting with the people we support. Handmade masks in a sealed bag can be dropped off inside the lobby at 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road, Rochester, NY 14623 Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm. Here is a link that has been helpful to our community of …

What exactly is neurodiversity?

Staff Perspectives

Hello, my name is Nicholas Forgue. I am a high functioning autistic man diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about neurodiversity, especially in circles concerned with disability rights. As someone on the spectrum I feel it is important for people to understand what exactly neurodiversity is and why they have become hot topics in the realm of modern activism. What is neurodiversity? According to psychologist Thomas Armstrong, neurodiversity is variation within the brain regarding sociability, learning, and mental functions. Since the 1980s saw an increase in the diagnosis of autism …

Bob Moriarty

Every day is different at Job Path


How I found the Arc of Monroe When I am asked by friends and family what I like most about my job as an Employment Specialist (Job Coach) with the Arc of Monroe, I sometimes struggle with what to say.   It’s not that I don’t like my job, it’s more what to say that won’t take up 30 minutes of their time!  After working in the corporate world for over 30 years and finding myself downsized at my last job as a corporate trainer, I was at a crossroads in my career.   I was sure, however, that I wanted a …

Manufacturing at ArcWorks

Meet Audrey: 13 years at ArcWorks

Employment, Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Meet Audrey who is celebrating 13 years ArcWorks. If you have the opportunity to work alongside Audrey you’ll quickly see she is positive, enthusiastic, hard-working and a great role model to colleagues. Audrey likes the manufacturing and production work she does, especially on the assembly line or packaging. Audrey really enjoys her work hours which are 8:30AM to 2:30PM. Today you can find Audrey packaging medicine, making sure there are 12 bottles in each box. Audrey also enjoys putting together the boxes that will eventually be filled by other ArcWorks teams. “I like busy work,” she explains. Other recent packaging …

The importance of educating medical residents

Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

It is with open arms that Kim Rinehart, former Director of Community Arts Connection (CAC), welcomes medical residents from UR Medicine’s Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) intern community rotation program. CAC supports adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) with a focus on arts programming.  Between one and six medical residents visit the day service location in Brighton at a time. Residents are required to attend a variety of different local community programs to spend time anywhere a patient might receive services, for example a homeless shelter or CAC.   What do the residents learn while visiting? When residents arrive …