Webinar for housing

WEBINAR For Care Coordinators: Housing Enrollment and Placement through OPWDD

WEBINAR FOR CARE COORDINATORS Topic: Webinar on Housing Enrollment and Placement Process through Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) At this Lunch and Learn event, we will review the steps that OPWDD uses when determining referrals for eligibility, recommendations and placement of people in certified and non-certified housing options within NY State. Presenters: Vacancy Management Team Members from the Regional DDRO/OPWDD Office Where: Online, Web-ex webinar When: Friday, May 8th from noon-1pm RSVP: Reserve your spot today by completing the form below or  contacting Matt Fico at (585)719-7000 or mfico@arcmonroe.org **Webinar link will be provided to all registrants prior …

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 …

Manufacturing at ArcWorks

Meet Audrey: 13 years at ArcWorks

Employment, Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Meet Audrey who is celebrating 13 years ArcWorks. If you have the opportunity to work alongside Audrey you’ll quickly see she is positive, enthusiastic, hard-working and a great role model to colleagues. Audrey likes the manufacturing and production work she does, especially on the assembly line or packaging. Audrey really enjoys her work hours which are 8:30AM to 2:30PM. Today you can find Audrey packaging medicine, making sure there are 12 bottles in each box. Audrey also enjoys putting together the boxes that will eventually be filled by other ArcWorks teams. “I like busy work,” she explains. Other recent packaging …

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn: Maximizing Benefits and Services

LUNCH & LEARN FOR CARE COORDINATORS Topic: Maximizing Benefits and Services & Care Coordinator Frequently Asked Questions Training synopsis: James Traylor will be discussing the intersection of various public benefits, technical Medicaid questions and special needs trusts. Presenter: James Traylor is the Chartered Special Needs Consultant for Upstate Special Needs Planning. James is a sibling, advocate and professional who has focused his entire professional career in becoming the agency of choice for families planning for a family member with a disability. James regularly provides continuing education or legal, financial and tax professionals on planning for an individual with a disability …

Kitchen renovation

Grant makes housing renovations possible

Uncategorized

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 …

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 …

Roc PrideAbility December 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!