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 …

What exactly is neurodiversity?

Staff Perspectives

Hello, my name is Nicholas Forgue. I am a high functioning autistic man diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about neurodiversity, especially in circles concerned with disability rights. As someone on the spectrum I feel it is important for people to understand what exactly neurodiversity is and why they have become hot topics in the realm of modern activism. What is neurodiversity? According to psychologist Thomas Armstrong, neurodiversity is variation within the brain regarding sociability, learning, and mental functions. Since the 1980s saw an increase in the diagnosis of autism …

Bob Moriarty

Every day is different at Job Path

Employment

How I found the Arc of Monroe When I am asked by friends and family what I like most about my job as an Employment Specialist (Job Coach) with the Arc of Monroe, I sometimes struggle with what to say.   It’s not that I don’t like my job, it’s more what to say that won’t take up 30 minutes of their time!  After working in the corporate world for over 30 years and finding myself downsized at my last job as a corporate trainer, I was at a crossroads in my career.   I was sure, however, that I wanted a …

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 …

Kitchen renovation

Grant makes housing renovations possible

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Renovations in two of our residential houses are complete! These projects are made possible by a grant from Access to Home. Project #1 A tight kitchen space is opened up to accommodate everyone. This particular kitchen serves 10 people plus staff. An update is much-needed as many of the residents use wheelchairs and are unable to reach counters and appliances. The kitchen was very closed in there wasn’t much room for movement. Renovations include new appliances, lower counters, and an island on wheels that can be moved as necessary.  Architect Dave Strabel worked closely with our team here to provide …

Develop your talent

Employment

As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decided to be.”  This statement represents the drive and ambition of many employees that enrolled in the newest addition to the Arc of Monroe’s development programs. Succession Development In 2019, The Arc of Monroe began to offer Succession Development courses that provide a variety of classes designed to enrich the leadership qualities of Direct Support Professionals and Supervisors seeking further development and promotional opportunities.  While everyone that completes the program is not guaranteed a future promotion, the skills and qualities taught within the …

Nutrition, Diet Technician

Nutrition: making small changes for a big impact

Health and Wellness, Programs and Services

Antonietta Alfano is a Diet Technician working with individuals who live in our residential homes. She coaches both Arc of Monroe staff and residents on healthy eating while working closely with each person she supports on nutritional needs. To assist staff at each house, Antonietta will check receipts as needed to ensure healthy eating and recommends foods to purchase as needed for the individual’s diets as well as the rest of the home. To help people she supports, she provides pictures of the foods that are recommended on their plates and work with them one-on-one to make healthier choices. Antonietta …

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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 …