Amy Albanese

Adults with Autism

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Amy Albanese, Community Resource Specialist, earned her Autism Certification from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.  The certification training program covered topics such as early intervention, living with autism, and acceptance.  Below are her key takeaways from a presentation by Kerry Magro, Autism Advocate. “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults” by Kerry Magro Kerry Mangro didn’t speak until he was two-years old and was eventually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  His parents were his biggest advocates and focused on what they could do to help him.  After 15 years of occupational, physical …

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How We Can All Help Glass Children

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By staff writer, Alison Cundy Glass Children While doing research, I unearth a video by Alicia Arenas, who calls herself a “Glass Child.”   This term is brand new to me.  Glass children are siblings of a person with a disability.  The word glass means people tend to see right through them and focus only on the person with the disability.  ‘Glass’ is also used because the children appear strong, but in reality are not.  These children have needs that are not being met. I am not a glass child, but I know families with children who have intellectual or developmental …


Brianna Graduates from Project SEARCH®

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What is Project SEARCH®? Brianna is a Project SEARCH® participant through the Rochester City School District.  Project SEARCH® is a one year, school to work transition program that began at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Project SEARCH® combines classroom instruction with meaningful internship experiences to meet the goal of employment for each participant. Brianna’s Internship Through Project SEARCH® Brianna was formerly an intern at I-Square where she handled fresh produce and food. “My favorite thing to do was slicing pickles,” she said.  She learned the ropes on how to prepare foods as well as perform general cleaning duties, like washing dishes, sweeping the floors, taking out the trash …

Linda and Alex

Camaraderie in the Workplace

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As an Assembly Operator I work side by side with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Working alongside people with disabilities has shown me what simple kindness is. Inclusion and Disabilities in the Workplace Over the years I’ve been here I have seen so many wonderful relationships bloom between co-workers with and without disabilities. We aren’t just co-workers we are friends. Simple Kindness While I was working with Alex he showed me kindness. Alex and I had been discussing when our birthdays were and mine was coming up very soon.  Alex takes the RTS Bus to work every day …

A Career in Care and Compassion

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Sheila Parson is a Direct Support Professional (DSP), her career of nine years.  When asked how she became a DSP she said, “I worked in this field when I was a teenager and decided to get back in the fields. I love to help others in need.” Being a DSP is hard work and there are definitely rough days, like any other job.  To get through tough times Sheila says, “I take time out for myself.  It takes a good team to make the rough edges smooth.  When I hear the people I support tell me that that I’m a …

The Precious Treasure of Imagination

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The Precious Treasure of Imagination James, writer, and Jason, writer and Nazareth College LifePrep member, meet to discuss their passion for creative writing, both being diagnosed with disabilities.  Here is their conversation: Creative Writing Conversation James: We both have a mutually shared interest in the creative arts. I enjoy the literary work of JRR Tolkien and Stephen King. Who motivates you Jason, to pick up a pen and start writing? Jason: Long ago I decided that I was going to write a great book. I was always intent on writing a book in hopes that I could be rich and …

Making An Impact As a Direct Support Professional

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Tempest has been a Direct Support Professional at the Arc of Monroe for over a year and shared an inspirational story about a gentleman she worked with, and how this experience helped mold her life and ultimately her career. “I worked with a gentleman for over a year. His most effective way of communicating was by using sign language. I was out sick for almost a week and when I returned he came to me and gave me a hug and verbally said my name. It put the biggest smile on my face and it made me so happy because …

Inclusion in Rochester

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Inclusion in Rochester with Barbara Wale, CEO, Arc of Monroe Written by Alison Cundy, Staff at Arc of Monroe I had the good fortune to sit down with Barb Wale and hear her experiences working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also shared her views on inclusion in the Rochester area. Barb began her career forty years ago as a Speech Pathologist and recalls how at that time the community seemed more afraid of people who had disabilities.  Maybe they were uncomfortable with people who were different and weren’t sure how to interact, or what to say.  …


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Welcome to our brand new blog by The Arc of Monroe. Our intention is to provide useful, fun, educational, thought-provoking and entertaining dialog in this space, advocating for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. There are so many interesting and relevant stories we have to share so check back here frequently and discover what we hope will spark your interest.