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 …

What is the Difference between a Pandemic and an Endemic?

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

Written by Sue Sproule, MPA, RN, Director of Nursing at The Arc of Monroe What is the Difference between a Pandemic and an Endemic? During the past two years of living through this pandemic, we have had to learn so many new terms. Words like “novel,” “close contact,” “N-95,” “quarantine vs. isolation,” and others. The list goes on and on. The latest word to emerge is “Endemic.” I thought it might be good to explain the difference between a “Pandemic” and an “Endemic.” The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic in March of 2020 due to the rapid …

Nursing in the IDD Field

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

Written by Sue Sproule, MPA, RN, Director of Nursing at The Arc of Monroe March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share about how special it is to work as a nurse supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Rewarding Career One of the most rewarding aspects of being a nurse and caring for people with IDD is that we can build meaningful connections with the people we support. It’s unlike a hospital or family medicine environment where patients are constantly in and out, never staying (hopefully) for extended …

Recognizing and Responding to Trauma

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

When you think about the signs of trauma, what do you imagine? Most people will think of someone curled up in a ball, alone, in a dark room, but that is more of a stereotype than reality. There are many signs and symptoms of trauma that are more subtle and you can be struggling with the effects of trauma without even realizing they are occurring. Because trauma can occur anytime our experience overwhelms our ability to cope you may even notice something is off but associate a trauma symptom with some other problem. Some outwardly obvious signs of trauma can …

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 …

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Dementia and the caregiver

Staff Perspectives

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   There are many articles these days about mindfulness and “being present in the moment,” telling us to enjoy the little things life has to offer.  What does this mean for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia?  What about the people who care for them?  Caregivers often feel that there is not enough time in the day to do what needs to be done, let alone taking time to stop and smell the roses.  For someone with dementia, however, smelling the roses may be …

Alison Cundy

Top 10 Benefits of Working at the Arc of Monroe

Staff Perspectives

When I came to work for the Arc of Monroe I had no idea I was signing up for more than a job.  I find that there is so much more offered than just a paycheck.  Below are my own personal Top 10 benefits of working here. Top 10 Benefits: 10.  People who genuinely care and want to help each other Everyone who works at the Arc is here for a similar reason; we want to help people.  We are a caring, empathetic, compassionate group of people who want to make our Rochester community a better place.  I am grateful …

Amy Albanese

Adults with Autism

Staff Perspectives

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 …

How We Can All Help Glass Children

Staff Perspectives

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more. Glass Children While doing research, I unearthed 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 …