Grant from NADSP and OPWDD Allows The Arc of Monroe to Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Employment, Staff Perspectives

The Collaborative of NY recently received a grant through a collaboration between the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that allows member agencies to offer professional development through the NADSP E-Badge Academy. The Arc of Monroe is excited to announce that we are one of those agencies! Participation provides an opportunity for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and values as they earn NADSP E-Badge Academy electronic badges (e-badges). Direct Support Professionals provide so much more than just assistance with daily tasks. They advocate for people with …

Understanding The Intersection of Black & Disability History

Advocacy, Stories Of People We Support

For decades, civil rights advocates have led the way in creating meaningful change in American society for many diverse groups of people. As the Civil Rights Movement picked up momentum across the United States in the mid-1900’s, the Disability Rights Movement mirrored many of the same efforts, creating an overlap in advocacy for both populations. Generations of Black people and people with disabilities were treated in horrific ways throughout our nation’s history. In order to help create a more welcoming, kind community, self-advocates and supporting staff of Arc Alliance – a self-advocacy group organized by The Arc of Monroe – …

How Do Our Brains Respond To Trauma?

Health and Wellness

Our brains are amazing. They are the control centers for our whole body, and they make us who we are. But for some people, it can feel like they are fighting a constant battle with their brain.  People who have experienced trauma, such as violence, abuse, a serious injury or a natural disaster, are at risk for developing a condition called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD impacts the way in which a person’s brain functions. There are three specific areas of the brain that are impacted by traumatic events. The first is called the amygdala. The amygdala’s job is to …

person centered language information session

Information Session: Person Centered Language

Information Session for teachers, special education staff and care coordinators Topic: Person Centered Language Training synopsis: Language is the most important way we show respect to each other. As the words we use continue to evolve , it’s important to be aware of the labels and stereotypes that language perpetuates. We’ll have an interactive discussion on how we can use language that is respectful and inclusive, and why this is important. Presenter: Brian Potvin, Arc of Monroe – Personal Outcome Measures Interviewer   Where: 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd. 14623   When: Thursday, November 21st, 2019, 3pm – 4pm   …

Lunch & Learn for Care Coordinators

Lunch & Learn for Care Coordinators: Guardianship

Topic: Guardianship – Review of End of Life Planning and Requirements   Training synopsis: At this learning workshop, we will explore how Guardianship Advocates become a part of a person’s life to support them in making important decisions in the areas of medical care, legal matters and finances, and what requirements there are for both people who are part of the program and their advocates.   Presenter: Shelley VanLare, The Arc of Monroe’s Director of Guardianship – Per Diem & Nurse Educator   Where: 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd. 14623   When: Friday Oct. 18th from noon-1pm   RSVP: Reserve …

Car Wash Fundraiser for Arc Alliance

Arc Alliance, the Arc of Monroe’s Self-Advocacy group, is holding a car wash to raise money that will help offset costs of conferences for members that would like to attend (ie. SANYS Statewide Conference 2019). Date: Saturday, 9/28/19 Time: 12P-4P Location: Lambert Campus, 2657 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623   This is a FREE event though donations will be accepted.

Dance Performance

A Moving Experience Performance at Al Sigl Center

This performance is open to the entire community. A Moving Experience, the modern dance troupe from the Arc of Monroe’s Community Connections program, will perform at the Al Sigl Center’s gymnasium on 10/3/19 from 12:30PM to 1:30 PM. This is a FREE event! Al Sigl Center 1000 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14620  

Alzheimer’s, IDD and Caregivers

Health and Wellness

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  Caregivers who understand the disease process of dementia or Alzheimer’s are better able to provide an environment that helps the person live as full a life as possible, while keeping the stress level at a minimum. Practical Tips Remember that everyday activities become more challenging and confusing to a person with dementia. Daily Living Maintain old routines and make bathing relaxing – not a rush! Simplify the task by assisting as much as necessary. Don’t expect participation – …