Back to School and Mental Health

Health and Wellness

With the first few weeks of school behind us, I am reflecting on what it was like this time of year for my kids as they got ready to board school buses for their first day of class or move into dorms. During this back-to-school season, it’s normal for parents and kids to have mixed emotions of being both excited and scared, but so much has changed over the past two years. All of us can relate to how the pandemic caused widespread disruption to our lives and the lives of our children, especially as far as school is concerned. …

Flu Season Protection

Health and Wellness

The fall season is here. School is back, Halloween is coming, and the flu virus too. Prior to COVID-19, the flu was among the most deadly respiratory diseases that greatly affected the very young and very old. As with a lot of viruses, the flu virus is very tricky, and there is always a war going on at the microscopic level of immune systems. The making of the annual flu vaccine is an arduous task from the World Health Organization (WHO). They know the virus will emerge in the peak season, but it’s all very nuanced and studied guesswork on …

5 Reasons to be a DSP

Staff Perspectives

  Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the foundation at The Arc of Monroe. This week, we are celebrating them as part of National DSP Recognition Week. From supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in residential settings, to coordinating fun recreational outings, to working on art and music projects, our DSPs have many talents. While the job comes with unique challenges, it also comes with many perks. Check out our top 5 reasons to be a DSP! 1 – Make a Difference in Someone’s Life As a DSP, you have the opportunity to support people with IDD in almost …

Chronic Pain and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Health and Wellness

Studies have shown that pain has long been recognized to have a negative effect on emotional status, ability to work, social activities, interpersonal relationships, and functional ability and leads to the increased utilization of healthcare services. I chose this topic because it is personal to me. I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my hip, and my quality of life has been greatly effected because the pain is exhausting.  With that said, I am lucky because I have the tools to either ask for help or get help myself. Can you imagine having chronic pain and not being able to express your …

Dementia and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Health and Wellness

What is Dementia? Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Although it is well known that older people are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, it is less well known that individuals with intellectual disabilities, especially Down syndrome, are also at high risk of the disease, and research shows that people with IDD have a prevalence of dementia. What are some signs of Dementia? Early signs may include changes in health, and in …

Nursing News – Monkeypox

Health and Wellness

As you’ve likely heard, Monkeypox is spreading across multiple countries, including the United States. Here is a basic overview of the virus, as well as some tips for protecting yourself from contracting the virus. What is Monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. What are the symptoms of Monkeypox? Monkeypox causes rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face. It can also cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and …

Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Senior Director of Programs, Services and Housing Development

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Neil Cavalieri, The Arc of Monroe’s new Senior Director of Programs, Services and Housing Development! Neil comes to The Arc with seven years of experience in the disability field, including working as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Residential Habilitation Counselor, as well as in residential management, community habilitation, and fiscal intermediary services. He also worked for three years in senior care overseeing both private pay and affordable housing. One of the priorities that The Arc of Monroe and other disability service providers currently have is finding and/or creating accessible housing for people to age in place well. …

Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Director of Community Services

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Don Sinton, The Arc of Monroe’s new Director of Community Services! Don comes to The Arc with more than two decades of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), both in the Binghamton and Rochester areas. For more than 20 years, Don worked at Stepping Stone Learning Center, an inclusive program for kids with and without disabilities in integrated classrooms. Don’s experience in the IDD field mostly comes from working with young children and teens up to 21 years of age. “In this position, I am looking forward to managing the people within it and …

The Arc of Monroe Celebrates Disability Pride Month

Advocacy, Programs and Services

Every July, millions of Americans celebrate Disability Pride Month. The celebration began in 1990 when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. That same year, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day. The first official celebration of Disability Pride Month occurred in July 2015, which also marked the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Since then, cities across the country have celebrated Disability Pride Month with parades and other festivities. [1] Disability Pride Month is an opportunity for the disability community to celebrate its visibility and highlight accomplishments in a collective way. At The Arc of Monroe, everything …

Fairport Day Services Welcomes New Director

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Dyanna Gregory, The Arc of Monroe’s new Director of Fairport Day Services! Dyanna joins the team with more than a decade of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Dyanna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling. She previously worked as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Lifetime Assistance Inc. here in the Rochester area, a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), and a Program Coordinator at a day habilitation program in the Bronx. After taking some time to stay home with her kids, Dyanna says she is …