Looking Forward to the Next Adventure

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When Barbara Wale finishes her tenure at The Arc of Monroe at the end of this month, she will have spent over 40 years working in the field of disability and human services with a professional record that boasts extraordinary contributions to the field. Wale has dedicated her life and her career in service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Remarkably, all of those years have been with The Arc of Monroe, where she started in 1978 as a speech pathologist. Five years later, she was promoted to Director of Clinical Services and in only one year, became Director …

MCC Experience Program Finds Temporary Home Downtown

COVID-19, Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

2020 has been the year of “the pivot.” When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it turned nearly every area of the Rochester community upside down. The MCC Experience Program at The Arc of Monroe was no exception. Monroe Community College (MCC) Experience is a higher education transitional service that prepares participants for eventual community employment. People learn relevant, marketable employment skills and acquire vocational internship and volunteer experience in various departments on and off MCC campus. Located at MCC’s Downtown Campus since 2017, the campus offered opportunities to gather, socialize, learn, and experience many facets of college life. With their student …

The importance of educating medical residents

Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

It is with open arms that Kim Rinehart, former Director of Community Arts Connection (CAC), welcomes medical residents from UR Medicine’s Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) intern community rotation program. CAC supports adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) with a focus on arts programming.  Between one and six medical residents visit the day service location in Brighton at a time. Residents are required to attend a variety of different local community programs to spend time anywhere a patient might receive services, for example a homeless shelter or CAC.   What do the residents learn while visiting? When residents arrive …

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Determining autism in children

Programs and Services

In our current world of social media, we are quick to post updates about our children.  When they walk, their first words, playdates with their friends.  While it can be great to stay so connected, it seems that this is also increasing parent’s concerns about their children and if they are developing appropriately.  Seeing a similar aged child meeting developmental milestones sooner than your child can often cause parents to worry.  It is important to remember that children follow their own timelines of development, and slight variances are not usually a cause for concern.  But what is typical, and what …

Roc PrideAbility July 2020

Meetings are open to the entire community. These meetings occur the second Tuesday of every month from 3:30-5:00pm at the OutAlliance, 100 College Avenue, Rochester, NY. PrideAbility is an exciting initiative, sponsored by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, to expand LGBTQIA Advocacy across New York for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Join the LGBTQIA ID/DD Movement!

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn for Direct Support and Care Coordinators

        Topic: Intro to Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation Training synopsis: This session provides an overview of the Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation.  We will explain our work, our purpose, the resources available to providers and CCOs as well as open a dialogue of how we can be a support in your work over the next five years. Presenter: Melody Johnson, Director of Learning & Professional Development Where: 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd. 14623 When: Friday Dec. 13th from noon-1pm **Free box lunch provided by the ArcDeli** RSVP: Reserve your spot today by filling out the form …

Clinic Manager appreciates colleagues

Staff Perspectives

Terra Heigl’s first job after graduating college in 1985 was as a Residential Manager with the Arc of Monroe, supporting people living at the Gorsline residence run by our agency. After almost four years in that position she transitioned to be Vocational Counselor at the Ridge Center sheltered employment program. Always desiring to do more, she made the move to our Article 16 Clinic as a Rehabilitation Counselor, and was in that position for close to 20 years.  At the clinic she was also a Treatment Coordinator for five years, and in February 2019 received a promotion to Clinic Manager. …

Employment

37 years at the Arc of Monroe

Staff Perspectives

Pam Furr is a wealth of knowledge having worn many hats over the 37 years she’s worked for the Arc of Monroe. This means she has seen the agency grow over time, along with the people we support.  She truly admires the mission of the agency and how it serves our community. In her very first position in the Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation department she met a lot of people and enjoyed how they would often stop by to say hello. Her small department had fun and laughed a lot. Over the years Pam has enjoyed her colleagues, supervisors, and teams …

MCC Experience

Program Highlights of MCC Experience

Stories Of People We Support

To support college experience programs like these please consider making a donation. Community Involvement By: Timothy Hannon & Britnaie Smith On September 4, we went to a Welcome Back with SEGA college hour. During the college hour there was free brunch food, there were sunglasses to bring home that said, “My future’s so bright I gotta wear shades”. On the first Friday of September, we went to an Underground Railroad reenactment that was put together by the A.M.E. Zion church. Then we took a walking tour with one of the reenactors to find out about Rochester during the time of …