Looking Forward to the Next Adventure


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 …

Lunch & Learn – IRA Housing

Lunch & Learn for Care Coordinators Topic: IRA Housing Enrollment and Placement Process through Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Training synopsis: 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 available IRA housing within NY State. Presenters: Residential Team Members from the Regional DDRO/OPWDD Where: 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd. 14623 When: Friday, July 19th from noon-1pm **Free box lunch provided by the Arc Deli** RSVP: Reserve your spot today by contacting Matt Fico at (585)672-2222 or mfico@arcmonroe.org or filling out the …

ArcWorks' Daylite Program

Success at Daylite, ArcWorks

Programs and Services

If you haven’t heard, ArcWorks is now an integrated business, hiring both people with and without disabilities.  Part of the ArcWorks experience is participating in a group called Daylite.  Daylite provides service learning/volunteer experiences as a stepping stone for people who will eventually move on to community employment.  Daylite focuses on team building, job skills training, confidence building, self-advocacy, and making friends. Volunteering helps with employment skills and provides a variety of experiences. There are currently three Daylite groups that volunteer at places such as Unity Hospital, Ogden Senior Center and Ronald McDonald House.   “We offer different learning opportunities and …

LifePrep@Naz college graduates and their experiences

Programs and Services

LifePrep@Naz (Nazareth College) is an employment readiness service that provides a college campus experience to its participants. It provides opportunities for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to continue their education and development with peers in a college classroom setting.  Program participants participate in internships to build job skills, educational opportunities like auditing college classes, and the opportunity to be a part of all campus activities. LifePrep students get to know Nazareth College student mentors who take them to lunch, classes and social events, along with opportunity to form relationships with campus staff and faculty. We are so proud of …

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health: Myths and Misconceptions

Health and Wellness

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   A Google search of the term “mental health” yields about 1,120,000,000 results. The most common search terms associated with “mental health” include “awareness month”, “awareness”, “statistics”, “definition”, “quotes”, “facts”, “association”, “disorders”, and “issues”. Simply put, mental health is defined as “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being”. While there is clearly an abundance of data both online and in print surrounding mental health, there continue to be misconceptions and misunderstandings about what it all means. This has an …

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Taking Steps Can Lead to Great Strides When it Comes to Total Health and Well-Being

Health and Wellness

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   I am sure many of us have all heard or been told about how important physical activity is when it comes to our physical health, however, many people may not know just the important factors it can play when it comes to our overall well-being . In April of 2016, the Arc embarked on our first walking program. It was a campaign aimed to kick off the American Heart Association’s National Start Walking Day. The goal was to not just to make …

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Paid summer internships prepare youth for employment

Programs and Services

Summer Transition Employment Program, or STEP, is a paid internship program offered through Job Path, a division of the Arc of Monroe.  The internship program is in collaboration with ACCES-VR, the Rochester City School District and Greece School District.  City and Greece schools work with ACCES-VR to identify the youth who are a good fit for this program.  STEP provides high school students with work readiness training prior to the paid internship. Students receive 15 hours of work readiness training April through June.  The summer internship lasts six weeks and each intern is supported by Job Path Employment Specialists who …

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Jewish religion celebrated

Programs and Services

Religion is important in the lives of people we support.  In three of the residential homes we support most of the people practice Judaism.  In these three particular homes Arc staff helps the Jewish residents practice their faith and respect traditions. The houses on Farm Brook, Havens and Shaftsbury all have kosher kitchens.  For people who are Orthodox Jewish this is very important.  The houses keep separate dishes and utensils—one set for dairy, one set for meat. Arc staff member Sandy Dillon, Residence Manager, learned all about the Jewish religion and practices the traditions with the people who live in …

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Job hunting advice from a recruiter


As a Recruiter for the Arc of Monroe I meet with a lot of candidates for employment.  I spend a lot of time explaining the many great services the Arc provides and discussing how the candidate’s goals match up with what we look for in an employee. If you’re a new college grad or just looking for a new opportunity I’ve got some tips that can help you find that dream job. Where to start There are so many online resources you can use to research businesses of interest, jobs offered and salaries that go along with specific positions.  Check …

Autism Supports at Fairport Day Services

Programs and Services

On-site supports Fairport Day Services offers a wide variety of services and supports for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We have a multidisciplinary team of clinicians available on-site. There is a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist, as well as a Behavior Intervention Specialist and Behavior Technician. We work together, along with the rest of a person’s team, to address social/communication deficits, sensory needs, and behavioral excesses and deficits. Structure of support The downstairs portion of the building is our “Specialized Autism Program.” It consists of two rooms that were designed specifically to support the needs of those on …