Chronic Pain and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Health and Wellness

Studies have shown that pain has long been recognized to have a negative effect on emotional status, ability to work, social activities, interpersonal relationships, and functional ability and leads to the increased utilization of healthcare services. I chose this topic because it is personal to me. I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my hip, and my quality of life has been greatly effected because the pain is exhausting.  With that said, I am lucky because I have the tools to either ask for help or get help myself. Can you imagine having chronic pain and not being able to express your …

Dementia and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Health and Wellness

What is Dementia? Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Although it is well known that older people are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, it is less well known that individuals with intellectual disabilities, especially Down syndrome, are also at high risk of the disease, and research shows that people with IDD have a prevalence of dementia. What are some signs of Dementia? Early signs may include changes in health, and in …

Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Senior Director of Programs, Services and Housing Development

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Neil Cavalieri, The Arc of Monroe’s new Senior Director of Programs, Services and Housing Development! Neil comes to The Arc with seven years of experience in the disability field, including working as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Residential Habilitation Counselor, as well as in residential management, community habilitation, and fiscal intermediary services. He also worked for three years in senior care overseeing both private pay and affordable housing. One of the priorities that The Arc of Monroe and other disability service providers currently have is finding and/or creating accessible housing for people to age in place well. …

Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Director of Community Services

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Don Sinton, The Arc of Monroe’s new Director of Community Services! Don comes to The Arc with more than two decades of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), both in the Binghamton and Rochester areas. For more than 20 years, Don worked at Stepping Stone Learning Center, an inclusive program for kids with and without disabilities in integrated classrooms. Don’s experience in the IDD field mostly comes from working with young children and teens up to 21 years of age. “In this position, I am looking forward to managing the people within it and …

The Arc of Monroe Celebrates Disability Pride Month

Advocacy, Programs and Services

Every July, millions of Americans celebrate Disability Pride Month. The celebration began in 1990 when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. That same year, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day. The first official celebration of Disability Pride Month occurred in July 2015, which also marked the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Since then, cities across the country have celebrated Disability Pride Month with parades and other festivities. [1] Disability Pride Month is an opportunity for the disability community to celebrate its visibility and highlight accomplishments in a collective way. At The Arc of Monroe, everything …

Fairport Day Services Welcomes New Director

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Dyanna Gregory, The Arc of Monroe’s new Director of Fairport Day Services! Dyanna joins the team with more than a decade of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Dyanna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling. She previously worked as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Lifetime Assistance Inc. here in the Rochester area, a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), and a Program Coordinator at a day habilitation program in the Bronx. After taking some time to stay home with her kids, Dyanna says she is …

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 Residential DSP, Toshia Rolle-Thompson, loves working at The Arc of Monroe. Why do you love working at The Arc? I love learning about the people we support and just seeing their faces light up when they accomplish something. It makes them feel good, and that makes me feel good knowing that I helped them to accomplish their goal. …

SUNY Brockport Student Reflects on his Marketing and Communication Internship

Staff Perspectives

Gavin Ellis, a SUNY Brockport student majoring in journalism and broadcasting with a focus in public relations, interned this spring at The Arc of Monroe. Here he shares what he learned and reflects on some of his most notable experiences at The Arc. As my time as an intern at The Arc of Monroe is coming to an end, it is important to take a step back and reflect on all of the wonderful experiences that I was able to be a part of, while also discussing some of the amazing individuals that I had an opportunity to meet. One …

Celebrating Nurses at The Arc of Monroe

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

The observance of Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing – Florence Nightingale. I am a bit partial, but just one week doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to express our gratitude for the selfless nurses in our lives and let them know just how much we appreciate their caring and gentle nature. But hey, it’s a start! Below are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day: Advocate with health care providers and others involved in an …

Community Connections to Project SEARCH: Cedric Burton’s Transition

Stories Of People We Support

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. …