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 …

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 …

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. …

Arc of Monroe End of Life Committee Offers Support for Caregivers

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

Written by Sue Sproule, Director of Nursing at The Arc of Monroe End of Life – What does it mean to the caregiver? Even when you know the end of life is approaching for someone you support, you might not feel prepared. Looking after a person who is dying can be very stressful. It’s common to feel like you don’t know what to do, what to say or how to cope. You might feel angry, sad or totally unprepared. You could also feel frightened about how it will happen and if you will be able to cope. However, once you …

Arc of Monroe Job Fair

Join us on Saturday, March 19 at The Arc of Monroe’s Lambert Day Services to explore career opportunities at The Arc of Monroe! Meet with members of our team and find out more about our open positions, including residential managers and supervisors, Direct Support Professionals, drivers, employment specialists, LPN’s, maintenance staff and social workers. Many of our open positions also include generous sign-on bonuses: Direct Support Professional – $1,000 for Full-time; $500 for Part-time Employment Specialist 1 & 2 – $1,000 LPN – $1,000 Social Worker – $1,000 Vehicle Operator – $2,000 for Full-time; $1,000 for Part-time Saturday, March 19 9 …

Job Fair – Love What You Do!

Join us on Monday, February 14 at The Arc of Monroe headquarters to find a job you LOVE! Meet with members of our team and find out more about our open positions, which include Direct Support Professionals, Vehicle Operators, Employment Specialists, RNs, and more. Many of our open positions also include generous sign-on bonuses! Monday, February 14 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14623 The Arc of Monroe is hiring for Direct Support Professionals with a starting pay of $15.75/hour within residential, and $15/hour in other direct support roles. Sign-on bonuses available for full- …

Volunteer and Make a Difference for a Family Member with a Developmental Disability

Advocacy, Family Perspectives, Programs and Services, Volunteer

The Arc of Monroe Family Reimbursement Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers to serve as members on the committee. The Arc of Monroe Family Reimbursement Program helps families caring for a family member with a developmental disability with access to purchase or otherwise obtain goods and services needed to support the family member at home and strengthen the quality of life for the person and their family. Requests for the goods and services are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Family Reimbursement Advisory Committee that is includes: people with a developmental disability, family members, community advocates, and Arc of Monroe …

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 …

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 …