Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support, Uncategorized

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month During October, we are celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month and highlighting a few people we support who are employed through our Job Path program. First up, we highlight Steve Blum who works as a Lot Attendant at Home Depot where he’s been since 2002. Steve says he enjoys the job and his coworkers very much. He’s been working throughout the pandemic, thankful for the opportunity to keep patrons safe by sanitizing the Home Depot carts – something completely new for him. Now he’s used to it and enjoys keep the customers know the …

Sibley’s Christmas Adventure debuts from Don Alhart

Uncategorized, Volunteer, What's In The News

Before WHAM-TV, Channel 13 anchor Don Alhart rushed out to do the 11 p.m. news on October 3, he spent the evening with us at The Arc of Monroe’s annual celebration, A Toast to the Arc. We were thrilled to help him launch his first children’s book, “Sibley’s Christmas Adventure,” wonderfully illustrated by Doug Hoyt. Join “Sibley,” the mouse on a magical Christmas adventure set in Sibley’s Toyland in downtown Rochester. “Downtown Rochester was a special place during the holidays, and the fourth floor toy department at Sibley’s was the center of the universe for me.” All sales from Sibley’s …

Trauma is Subjective

Staff Perspectives

Recognizing that trauma is subjective, and believing people who have experienced trauma, is the foundation to providing trauma informed care. There are many benefits to providing trauma-informed care, both professionally and personally. Trauma-informed care is a proactive approach to safety, creates opportunities for choice, power, and control, and reduces the possibility of re-traumatization. Understanding that trauma is subjective means that just because you didn’t or wouldn’t experience trauma from a particular situation, doesn’t mean that somebody else didn’t or wouldn’t. Before we continue to talk about the subjectiveness of trauma, let’s first agree on a definition for trauma. Licensed Therapist …

A Toast to the Arc – Celebrating our Honorees


A Toast to the Arc Celebration In early October, the Arc Foundation of Monroe held its fifth annual A Toast to The Arc! This Toast was unlike any other, full of many colors! Emcees Sandy Waters and Scott Spezzano from 98.9 The Buzz emceed the night, live streaming the event from six different venues across the ROC including Penfield Country Club, Locust Hill Country Club, Glendoveers, OFC Creations, Brook-Lea Country Club and Oak Hill Country Club. Venues were kept to a max of 50 people, and we toasted The Arc from a distance! Carol DeMoulin kicked off the event with …

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 …