ArcWorks Receives Perfect Score on ISO Recertification Audit

Programs and Services, What's In The News

ArcWorks, The Arc of Monroe’s world-class integrated manufacturing site, has once again received zero corrective actions in its 2021 External ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2015 Recertification Audit. This achievement highlights the continuous improvement of the Quality Management System that ArcWorks has implemented. It also showcases the dedication and desire for quality practices by the ArcWorks staff, which is made up of people with and without disabilities who work side-by-side in an integrated setting. ArcWorks exceeded expectations of the auditor, driving him to add a note in his findings that said ArcWorks “looks better than most medical companies.” Receiving good …

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 …

Adult Project SEARCH Free Virtual Information Session – Arc of Monroe Pre-Vocational Program

FREE Employment Readiness Webinar Event Topic: Adult Project SEARCH® Free Virtual Information Session Arc of Monroe Pre-Vocational, Program of the Month   Please join us for The Arc of Monroe’s next Program of Month highlighting Adult Project SEARCH®. Adult Project SEARCH® is a business-led internship service that teaches participants relevant, marketable employment skills while immersing them in a community business environment. People receive employability skills and hands-on experience in various departments at the host business. Instructors, job coaches, and department managers work together to provide people with all the support and accommodations they need for success. Our Next Arc of …

ArcWorks virtual information session

ArcWorks Program offers Valuable Employment Readiness Skills

Employment, Programs and Services

Developing job skills and employment readiness proficiencies is important in order to successfully secure paid employment in the community. The ArcWorks program at The Arc of Monroe helps with that. ArcWorks is an integrated manufacturing business offering pre-vocational services to prepare people to gain employment readiness skills through a combination of classroom learning and paid work activities. Wendy Amering, Director of Arcworks Programs and Services, says the ArcWorks staff works diligently to provide services that are going to enhance current skills and abilities of the people we support. “We’re helping people become independent in work skills so they can work in …

Ellen’s success after Adult Project SEARCH

Family Perspectives

Our daughter, Ellen, attended Adult Project Search.  Upon graduation she was hired by the Courtyard Marriott: Jeff Shutt and Ashley Fedunyszyn are her managers.  She, the Courtyard team, and her fabulous job coach Shannon have really worked together to make Ellen’s employment successful, for the hotel and for her. Ellen works hard at Courtyard 2 days a week (6 hour shifts) and typically comes home exhausted.  Recently Ellen came home from work and showed us her employee name pin with the “2 years” and a wonderful card from Jeff congratulating her on her work anniversary.  She is so proud and …