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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 …

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Arc Health Services Free Virtual Information Session

FREE Virtual Webinar Event Topic: Arc Health Services Free Virtual Information Session   The Arc of Monroe is inviting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), Care Coordinators, transition aged students and their families, and community members interested in learning more about The Arc of Monroe’s OPWDD certified, out-patient, Article 16 Clinic. We will be highlighting Arc Health Services, and all of the therapeutic, habilitative and clinical services we offer to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When: Wednesday, April 21 2021 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Presenter: Arc Health Services Included in the presentation will be information on: Traditional …

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Pre-vocational College Student Lands Therapy Dog Internship

COVID-19, Health and Wellness, Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Morgan is a freshman in the LifePrep@Naz program. She showed up day one ready to hit the ground running! But with Covid restrictions, the program wasn’t allowed to send the students on internships last semester. However, this semester, Morgan has been chosen to start a 4-year long internship. Morgan will be working with an Occupational Therapy Professor, who has a therapy dog on campus. Morgan is a huge dog lover so this is perfect for her! She will be taking the therapy dog from an office, walk her around campus and allow her to interact with college students on camps. …