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Ergonomic Design Of Workspaces For Employees With Autism

Ergonomic Design Of Workspaces For Employees With Autism Submitted by: Jane Sandwood A survey by a team based at Coventry University found that one of the biggest challenges when it comes to designing a shared space for children with autism, is the wide variety of sensitivities each child may have. For instance, some children may y have a significant dislike for certain colors, while others may react more to noise. The same tension between personalization and design for a large team can be present in workspaces. However, there are many ways that companies can create clever workspaces that bring out the best talents of each employee. These pointers can also be applied to people with autism designing their own workspace as a freelance or contract worker.   Taking into account [...]

By | 2018-06-20T09:58:57+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Someone In Our Corner – by Anne Marie Newell

My son Matthew's journey started when my son was diagnosed with PDD at 21 months.  We were soon thereafter introduced to MARC because we were told that he was entitled to certain therapies at home, including speech, OT and PT too, I believe.  These people were frequent visitors in our home to help Matthew bridge the gap in the areas that needed boosting, so they were coming often 2x per week.  As you can imagine, the therapists would eventually feel like friends because of the amount of time they spend with you and your child.  It is a good thing to have when you are just starting to get used to the "new life" with the impact the diagnosis can have on you as the [...]

By | 2018-03-23T11:15:29+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Autism, Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

ESY Chat-n-Chew Session

The Arc Alliance continues to provide resources for individuals and families on a variety of topics. The Chat-n-Chew offerings are one avenue for you to gain knowledge, build networks and engage others working through similar issues as you and your family. Workshops are offered during the day and in the evening, starting either at 11:30 am or 6:30 pm lasting for an hour and a half. The day sessions provide you with an opportunity to bring your lunch and The Arc Alliance will provide a beverage, snack and the training! The evening sessions are set up after dinner and The Arc Alliance will provide a snack and beverage. Make sure to check the day and time of the sessions in which you have [...]

By | 2018-02-21T09:20:45+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Governor Wolf’s Budget Address

Governor Wolf invited Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance to attend the 2018 State Budget Address in Harrisburg on February 6th. Paul has met with the governor's staff and Governor Wolf on several occasions. Paul's meetings have been focused on introducing Governor Wolf to the variety of critical issues facing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. On many occasions Paul has invited families to address the Governor providing first hand experiences. Governor Wolf and his staff have been open and welcoming both Paul and families to better understand the situation and how he as Governor can help. The individuals and families experiences have had significant impact in the Governors understand and empathy for all concerned.  This past year our community received [...]

By | 2018-02-09T14:32:13+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Blog, News & Views|0 Comments

2017 Annual Report

The Arc Alliance 2017 Annual Report The 2016-17 year for The Arc Alliance was memorable on many levels. We were honored to work with so many individuals and their families in creating new and fulfilling life experiences. We are also pleased to have had the opportunity to play a part in influencing the state budget, providing an increase in support for many we serve. The 2016-17 year was marked by milestones and accomplishments and although the future is always uncertain we are focused and committed to working with individuals. families and our community in creating life experiences that exceed the probable.  The Arc Alliance welcomes each of you to review our annual report and encourages you to join with us on [...]

By | 2018-02-06T08:23:45+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Families Meeting Governor Wolf

Those in Attendance Families Kathy Morris – family member Daughter: Lyra Morris Grandmother:  Madonna Melle Lindy Rolston- family member Son: Zachary Rolston Daughter: Natalie Rolston Jennifer Pineda- family member Daughter:  Emily unable to attend The Arc of PA Maureen Cronin, Ex Director for The Arc of PA Achieva Sharon Richards, Vice President EI for Achieva The Arc Alliance Pat Leo- COO for The Arc Alliance Nancy Stimson, Asst. Director for The Arc Alliance Fran Crowe   Asst. Director for The Arc Alliance Scott Camilleri- Ex. Director for The Arc Alliance Foundation Meeting with Governor Tom Wolf On Friday January 26, 2018 The Arc Alliance and a few families who [...]

By | 2018-01-30T14:50:35+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Sarah’s Achievement Story

Sarah Knorr is a young woman and although she is still in school, she has created her own dog treat business. With the help of her mom Sybrina, Dog Bites by Sarah treats are made in their home and sold at local events, in-person, and online. What separates these treats from others is that they’re all natural. The origins of this business started out when Sarah attended 4-H Center’s cooking club where they made dog treats. Since Sarah doesn’t have a dog, she shared them with her neighbors. Then during a snow day in March 2017, Sarah and Sybrina made more dog treats, packaged them, and walked around their neighborhood to sell. Since March, the business has grown and Dog Bites by Sarah [...]

By | 2017-12-14T14:46:22+00:00 December 14th, 2017|SC Achievement Spotlight|0 Comments

Josh’s Achievement Story

Josh is a 26 year-old young professional living independently in an apartment in Narberth, PA. He lives alone, but is looking for a girlfriend that he would like to live with one day. He currently works as a job coordinator at Career Link, which actually started out as a volunteer position before being hired as a paid employee. This year, Josh won JEVS’ Inspiration Award for the ability to inspire others with his story. Prior to working, Josh graduated from Beacon College in Florida and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and an Associate’s degree in Web and Social Media. One of his favorite memories from college was having many supportive friends around.  During his junior and senior years of college, he lived [...]

By | 2017-12-14T14:46:42+00:00 December 14th, 2017|SC Achievement Spotlight|0 Comments

Brendan’s Achievement Story

Brendan lives in Willow Grove and is always keeping busy. He works as a bagger 3 days each week at Giant and receives job coaching services through ALTEC. This is a job he’s had for over 15 years. When not at work, Brendan goes into the community to various stores and restaurants. Some of his favorite places include the Apple Store, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and dining out at a Chinese restaurant or Miller’s Ale House. Brendan is also very involved in sports, mainly through Special Olympics. He has been swimming since 2000. His favorite swim style is the backstroke, particularly the 100-yard backstroke but he also enjoys the 50-yard freestyle. Brendan has even gone to Penn State to compete in swimming events. Although [...]

By | 2017-12-14T14:46:53+00:00 December 14th, 2017|SC Achievement Spotlight|0 Comments

Kathleen’s Achievement Story

Kathleen exemplifies the qualities of a self-advocate. She speaks up for herself and has been a member of the Developmental Disabilities Committee for Montgomery County for the past 15 years. Kathleen gives back by volunteering at her church and Visions for Equality. In addition to volunteering, she also is an active member in her community by involving herself in Special Olympics, advocacy events, and charity cancer walks. Kathleen enjoys going to the beach and library in her free time. On May 26, 2016, Kathleen’s efforts were recognized. She was awarded the Citizenship Award at The Arc Alliance’s Awards Dinner. Congratulations to Kathleen for all she’s accomplished and for being an inspiration to others!  

By | 2017-12-14T14:47:02+00:00 December 14th, 2017|SC Achievement Spotlight|0 Comments

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