Celebrating Albert at Fireside Grill & Sports Bar for NDEAM

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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

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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 …

Why Inclusion Matters and How The Strong National Museum of Play Showcases Inclusion

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Fairport Day Services is one of many programs at The Arc of Monroe that encourages community exploration and empowers the people we support to live more fulfilling lives. Recently, Fairport Day Services hit the road for a visit to Strong National Museum of Play. From the outset of their visit, The Strong displayed inclusion in a myriad of ways. From offering an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, to having wheelchair accessible exhibits, to offering sensory-friendly accommodations, The Strong ensured that each guest felt welcomed and valued in the museum. “Inclusion is beyond the wheelchair ramp to get into the door …

Benjamin Doan Awarded Employee of the Month at Mission BBQ

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Ben Doan grew up learning the value of hard work on his family’s bee farm. His drive and dedication to do good work spilled over into his search for a job outside of his beekeeping duties. After recruiting the help of an Employment Specialist from Job Path, Ben successfully started a new job as a dishwasher at Mission BBQ in Henrietta. Ally Levy, an Employment Specialist at Job Path, will be the first to sing Ben’s praises. She’s had the pleasure of working alongside Ben since the beginning of his time with Job Path. From the first day they talked …

Community Connections to Project SEARCH: Cedric Burton’s Transition

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Empowering people to achieve their goals and thrive in their communities is The Arc of Monroe’s primary mission. It’s always incredibly rewarding for staff to watch people they support work hard and see their dreams come to fruition. Cedric Burton is one of those people. Cedric knew that he wanted a job someday. As he explored job readiness services, he started attending Community Connections, a program at The Arc of Monroe that allowed him to volunteer with his peers, as well as receive classroom instruction centered on gaining various job skills. “We do a mixture of volunteering and core room. …

Ruth Roberts Shows Continual Support After Hours

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Ruth Roberts has been participating in the ArcWorks Community Prevocational volunteer group since January 2022. Roberts works closely with the Ronald McDonald House Charities where she takes time out of her day to help buy snacks and prepare them into snack bags. Snack bags include items such as granola bars, pudding cups, trail mix, and crackers. These snack bags are available all day for families who have loved ones receiving services at Strong Hospital. Roberts loves giving back to the community and feels that it is her responsibility as a Christian woman. “I’m Christian, and we believe it’s good to …

Understanding The Intersection of Black & Disability History

Advocacy, Stories Of People We Support

For decades, civil rights advocates have led the way in creating meaningful change in American society for many diverse groups of people. As the Civil Rights Movement picked up momentum across the United States in the mid-1900’s, the Disability Rights Movement mirrored many of the same efforts, creating an overlap in advocacy for both populations. Generations of Black people and people with disabilities were treated in horrific ways throughout our nation’s history. In order to help create a more welcoming, kind community, self-advocates and supporting staff of Arc Alliance – a self-advocacy group organized by The Arc of Monroe – …

Snow Much Fun with Ballantyne!

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Ballantyne Day Services had snow much fun taking advantage of this winter weather! Staff treated everyone to hot cocoa, games at the lodge and sledding at Harris Whalen Park for a fun outing. Ballantyne Day Services is designed to support the specific needs of aging adults, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.ArcMonroe.org/Day-Services-Ballantyne.

Decking the Halls at Ballantyne Day Services!

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We decked the halls at Ballantyne Day Services this week with dancing, a bell choir, and a visit from the big guy himself, Santa Claus! . We designed Ballantyne to support the specific needs of aging adults, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit https://arcmonroe.org/day-services-ballantyne/ Check out the photos from our 2021 Celebration:

Guardianship Program Celebrates the Holidays

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This week we celebrated the holidays in style with a festive lunch with delicious food and loads of gifts, presented by The Arc of Monroe’s Guardianship Committee! Each guest was given a bag of gifts, each personally chosen just for them! The Arc’s Guardianship Advocates become a part of a person’s life, listening to their wishes and needs, and supporting them with decision-making in the areas of medical care, finances, personal life decisions and many other areas. For more information, visit https://arcmonroe.org/guardianship/ Check out the photos from our 2021 Holiday Luncheon!