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Interview with a Direct Support Professional

Employment

Ever wondered what Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) do?  Check out my interview with Kierstin Fuentes about her career as a DSP. How many years have you been a DSP at the Arc of Monroe? Kierstin: I have been a DSP for the Arc for almost 2 years. What are your typical days/hours of work? Kierstin: My typical hours of work are 7:30am-4pm. What are your duties as a DSP? Kierstin: My duties as a DSP are to help the people I support achieve their goals on a daily basis. What does a typical day look like? Kierstin: My typical day …

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Jewish religion celebrated

Programs and Services

Religion is important in the lives of people we support.  In three of the residential homes we support most of the people practice Judaism.  In these three particular homes Arc staff helps the Jewish residents practice their faith and respect traditions. The houses on Farm Brook, Havens and Shaftsbury all have kosher kitchens.  For people who are Orthodox Jewish this is very important.  The houses keep separate dishes and utensils—one set for dairy, one set for meat. Arc staff member Sandy Dillon, Residence Manager, learned all about the Jewish religion and practices the traditions with the people who live in …

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Job hunting advice from a recruiter

Employment

As a Recruiter for the Arc of Monroe I meet with a lot of candidates for employment.  I spend a lot of time explaining the many great services the Arc provides and discussing how the candidate’s goals match up with what we look for in an employee. If you’re a new college grad or just looking for a new opportunity I’ve got some tips that can help you find that dream job. Where to start There are so many online resources you can use to research businesses of interest, jobs offered and salaries that go along with specific positions.  Check …

Autism Supports at Fairport Day Services

Programs and Services

On-site supports Fairport Day Services offers a wide variety of services and supports for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We have a multidisciplinary team of clinicians available on-site. There is a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist, as well as a Behavior Intervention Specialist and Behavior Technician. We work together, along with the rest of a person’s team, to address social/communication deficits, sensory needs, and behavioral excesses and deficits. Structure of support The downstairs portion of the building is our “Specialized Autism Program.” It consists of two rooms that were designed specifically to support the needs of those on …

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Being a leader doesn’t require a title

Employment

Career advancement For employees that are looking to learn and grow in their leadership, the Arc of Monroe offers a variety of development opportunities.  These opportunities range from self-initiated learning to full credential and professional development programs.  Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and Front Line Supervisors (FLSs) can take number of elective class options through our online learning system, Relias.  These modules expand well beyond the information shared in new hire orientation and include new information and trending approaches to the field. Professional development Additionally, Direct Support Professionals and Front Line Supervisors are encouraged to take part in one of the …

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Free Medicaid program: Health Homes

Programs and Services

What is Health Homes? The name is very deceiving. It should be called ‘Care Management’ because that’s what a Health Home does. It provides members with a Care Manager who assists them with working to get the care and services they need to stay healthy.  Everyone needs different things to help with this, and that’s part of what makes Health Homes so exciting.  Care Managers work together with members to focus on what the person’s needs are and tailor the care management services to them. How do you know if Health Homes is for you or a loved one? First, …

Rallying to support direct support Direct Support Professionals #bfair2DirectCare

Advocacy

Speech given by Nicholas Wager, Direct Support Professional at The Arc of Monroe, at the #bFair2DirectCare Rally held on March 8th, 2019. “I would like to thank everyone for being here – our New York State elected officials, those who organized this rally, fellow Direct Support Professionals, and most importantly the people that we support. My name is Nick Wagar, and I am a direct support professional at The Arc of Monroe. I became interested in this field when I was working as a manager at the Dollar Tree. You see, people would come into the store almost daily, and …

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Autism testing now available

Programs and Services

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule training In October 2018, Dr. Susan Chlebowski and I attended a three-day training in White Plains, NY to learn about an assessment tool called the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 assesses and diagnoses autism spectrum disorders across age, developmental level, and language skills. The training was very interactive and we observed clinicians administering the ADOS-2 to a young child as well as to an adult. We then went through the assessment tool as a large group to learn how to rate the behaviors we observed in order to formulate a diagnosis. What …

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Youth with autism can get job training

Programs and Services

As Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis increases, how can we help prepare youth on the spectrum for adulthood?  In April of 2018 the Arc of Monroe’s Job Path service launched the Autism Community Employment Initiative (ACE Initiative) to help high-school aged youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This service is in collaboration with Norman Howard and provides students with a short-term internship program that teaches work readiness skills.  Norman Howard works with ACCES-VR to place students in this service. Before the internship begins, students participate in after-school work readiness training to prepare for the experience.  This training focuses on regulating emotions, handling …

Job Path eases way for people with disabilities

Programs and Services

Home / Today’s Top Stories / Job Path eases way for people with disabilities By: Velvet Spicer February 22, 2019 At 21, Marcus Sample is well on his way to realizing a dream of culinary entrepreneurship, a result of connections made through Job Path, a division of the Arc of Monroe that he otherwise might not have made. Marcus Sample “Job path was suggested by my mom because a lot of the interviews I went to I had trouble setting up myself in a presentable way for them,” Sample explained. “I had a really tough time trying to go into the interviews with a positive …