Professional Spotlight: PT/OT

Health and Wellness

We rarely thank or highlight our colleagues enough, so in this month’s nursing blog, we’d like to highlight our wonderful PT/OT team. Movement. The fundamental idea of being at one place and willing yourself to another. Being able to understand an object in space and manipulate it. Taking an empty piece of paper and drawing a work of art, writing a love letter, or folding it into a crane. Balancing on a beam. Skating on ice. Climbing a tree. Chasing after a child. Baking a cake. Playing the piano and shredding a guitar. Walking on a nature trail. Working in …

Goal Setting Foundations

Health and Wellness

Welcome to the New Year. Many people view ringing in January as a way to shed the woes of the previous year and look forward to what may come. And with that comes New Year’s resolutions: a promise to maintain good habits or to modify them into something else. Many people naturally strive to better themselves, and what they choose to do or not do is an expression of their true self. There are a few ‘rules’ you can follow to help accomplish the goals you set. We can use the classic example of weight loss, but this can extend …

Grant from NADSP and OPWDD Allows The Arc of Monroe to Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Employment, Staff Perspectives

The Collaborative of NY recently received a grant through a collaboration between the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that allows member agencies to offer professional development through the NADSP E-Badge Academy. The Arc of Monroe is excited to announce that we are one of those agencies! Participation provides an opportunity for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and values as they earn NADSP E-Badge Academy electronic badges (e-badges). Direct Support Professionals provide so much more than just assistance with daily tasks. They advocate for people with …

Holiday Emotions

Staff Perspectives

It’s near the end of the year, and winter holidays are drawing ever closer. Family and friends. Cookies and pies. Shiny lights and decorations. Nostalgic music and movies. Traditions from years past. There seem to be feelings of happiness wherever you go. There’s excitement in the air. So, why should you feel anything but joyful? You might get sad or angry and then feel guilty about that because you are supposed to be happy. You may think, “Am I broken?” It’s not explicitly said, but sometimes inferred as such, around this time of year. There are a lot of moving …

The Arc of Monroe Awarded over $200,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

Programs and Services

The Arc of Monroe has been awarded $203,472 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc of Monroe’s guardianship and recreation programs. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain financial eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs. For 2022, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $3,189,968 to The Arc New York Chapters statewide. This year, …

Linking URMC Residents with the Rochester Disability Community

Programs and Services

For more than 65 years, The Arc of Monroe has advocated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) across Monroe County. Part of advocating for this population is ensuring that various healthcare professionals have a better understanding of how to communicate with people with IDD and equipping them with information about how they can better support their patients. This mission of educating healthcare professionals fits perfectly into the University of Rochester’s Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) program administered by U of R’s Hoekelman Center. Since its inception about 30 years ago, the PLC program has trained more than …

Preparing for a Healthier Winter

Uncategorized

We are well into Fall here in Upstate NY and all of the fun activities that come with it – hay rides, pumpkins, and nature walks with pretty colors. Families have settled into the routine of kids being back in school, and football is in full swing. Everyone can take a break from the heat that summer wrought. The bounty of food from summer is harvested and many partake in celebration – for Americans, Thanksgiving. As the seasons change, we can start to prepare for the coming winter. It’s more than pulling out winter clothes and leaving a few minutes …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you want to love what you do? Then maybe a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 reasons Job Path Employment Specialist, Bob Moriarty, loves working at The Arc of Monroe. Why do you love working at The Arc? I am always impressed with the shared vision of all the employees at The Arc of Monroe. The sense of teamwork is incredible! What have you learned about yourself since working at The Arc? I have learned …

Celebrating Albert at Fireside Grill & Sports Bar for NDEAM

Stories Of People We Support

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and showcase supportive, inclusive employers. For The Arc of Monroe’s Job Path program, though, they celebrate inclusion in the workforce by making job connections every day. In 2022, they matched more than 300 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with employers around Rochester and Monroe County. Albert Colaiaco works at Fireside Grill & Sports Bar in Henrietta as a dishwasher. He obtained the position through Job Path, a division of The Arc of Monroe. “It’s a lot of fun being around Tami, …

Henrietta Chick-fil-A Highlights NDEAM Values

Stories Of People We Support

Observed annually in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices. In recognition of the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce, the theme for NDEAM 2022 is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.” In the Rochester area, we are fortunate to have hundreds of businesses and organizations who prioritize cultivating inclusive workplaces. The Arc of Monroe’s Job Path team has worked first-hand with these businesses to help them find the right employees for their unique …