2021 Employee Milestone Celebration

Employment, Staff Perspectives, What's In The News

On September 30, 2021, The Arc of Monroe held the 2021 Employee Milestone Celebration. Employees are at the heart and soul of The Arc of Monroe, and it was exciting to celebrate at Shadow Lake Golf Club with the honorees from milestone years including 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, 30 years, and 35 years. We celebrated longevity and honored each of those who reached a milestone in their career at The Arc of Monroe. As we hit the20-year milestone mark, we wanted to do something extra special for those who have given so much of …

September is Deaf Awareness Month & International Week of the Deaf Begins September 20

Advocacy, Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

September is Deaf Awareness Month and International Week of the Deaf begins September 20! The first International Day of the Deaf was first celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958. The day of awareness was later extended to a full week, becoming the International Week of the Deaf (IWD). Deaf Awareness Week (IWD) is a national week of celebrating deafness. It is observed annually throughout the last full week of September (to commemorate the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, which took place in September 1951). The week focuses on promoting the positive aspects of deafness, encouraging …

Sign Language and Inclusion

Staff Perspectives

Recently while working on a video project, I attended a karaoke soiree at Ballantyne, a day habilitation program designed to support the specific needs of older adults.  I was curious how such an event was going to work given that there were several people in the room who do not use words to communicate or are deaf. I watched as the room lit up with smiling faces, people taking turns belting out their favorite tunes using words, sounds, facial expressions, or gestures. I noticed Kris, a Direct Support Professional, using sign language, translating the feeling and energy of the on-stage …