emily uses speech generating devices to communicate

A Pandemic Success Story

Health and Wellness, Programs and Services, Staff Perspectives, Stories Of People We Support

In honor of Better Speech & Language Month, The Arc of Monroe is highlighting Emily and her Speech-Language Pathologist Mary Klimek, M.S., CCC-SLP.  Emily is a nonverbal communicator who uses sign language, gestures, and a speech generating device (SGD) to communicate her wants and needs and engage socially with others. Prior to the pandemic, I saw Emily once a week for therapy during day-program where we worked on expressive communication skills such as learning core word vocabulary and associating picture-symbols with meanings, specifically starting with core words “go” and “want.” During therapy sessions she had a difficult time attending to …

College student Jon Sutherland interned at The Arc's Marketing office

St. John Fisher Student Reflects on Arc Internship

Staff Perspectives, Volunteer

Jon Sutherland, a St. John Fisher College student majoring in interactive media, interned with the marketing and communications team this spring at The Arc. Here he shares his reflections on what he learned and the projects he created while working with us. My internship at The Arc of Monroe may be finished but I can only say positive things about my experience working there. I enjoyed every minute working as a Marketing and Communications intern and have learned so much. My focus for my internship was film/photography and video editing. During my time at The Arc of Monroe, I was …

A Heartfelt Message from The Arc of Monroe

COVID-19, Staff Perspectives

A Heartfelt Message from The Arc of Monroe: It has been a year since the first reported case of COVID-19, and throughout these past twelve months, we have persevered even though they have been stressful and traumatic. Many of us have mourned the loss of loved ones, loved ones contracting the virus, remote learning. We have worked through the challenge of how best to care for children, elderly parents, friends, neighbors and the health of our community. We will be forever changed by this collective experience, and I believe we will emerge with a different perspective in critical areas, including …