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Governor Tom Wolfe

The Arc Alliance, awarded Governor Tom Wolfe, with the 2017 Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Ambassador Award, for his support and commitment to raise awareness for the disabilities community. View Governor Wolfe's brief video of acceptance.

By | 2017-06-26T09:05:55+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

Music Together has made our kiddos little musicians!

Dear Ms. Fran, Ms. Dana & The Arc Alliance: Music Together - Children Enjoying Making Music Music Together has made our kiddos little musicians!  “J” (3-5 years and known as “J” in class) and “A” (15 months) have enjoyed music class at The Arc for three semesters and wish each class they grow more excited and confident.  I signed on for the first 10-week session while “J” was involved in weekly speech therapy through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit last September.  Her speech was significantly delayed and she was very uncomfortable in larger social settings.  “A” was just shy of 6 months when he came along for his first class and dozed through most of it. I am incredibly thankful for the [...]

By | 2017-06-26T08:27:51+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

AHCA/Medicaid block grants – potential negative impact

On Wednesday May 17, 2017 Julie Gerhart-Rothholz,  participated in a press conference with Senator Casey & Senator Maggie Hassan and an Occupational Therapist to address the AHCA and Medicaid block grants. As a parent and Boar Member of The Arc Alliance, Julie addressed the topic of how AHCA/Medicaid block grants can negatively impact her son Evan. Julie ended the session providing a significant context on this challenging issue. Link to Video It is extremely important for each of us to contact our legislators and tell them the potential impact these proposed changes will have on our loved ones. Join with Julie and let your voice be heard locally, state wide and nationally! Link to find your Legislator

By | 2017-05-18T08:38:50+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, News & Views, Stories|0 Comments

Berks County Commissioner, Christian Y. Leinbach Presents Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation for March 2017     Today we are pleased to express our appreciation to the Commissioners of Berks County as County Commissioner, Christian Y. Leinbach provides Paul Stengle with a county proclamation affirming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Arc movement is banding together with its 700+ network of chapters across the nation to mark Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month in March.  Powered by the energy of self-advocates, families and volunteers around the country, the month will commemorate the progress toward improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and stress the challenges that remain in achieving full inclusion for people with I/DD. Nearly a quarter [...]

By | 2017-03-13T15:48:44+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

Hamburg State Center Closure Hearings

In support of Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Alliance has been advocating and working with legislators and administrations for decades to resolve the five remaining state funded centers. The Arc Alliance is proud to commend Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and all those in support for their courageous action in announcing the closure of the Hamburg State Center. Secretary Dallas expects the closure to take approximately 18-24 months. “For the 30 years I have been CEO of The Arc Alliance, our goal has been to provide individuals with the freedom of choice and support to live as independent a life as possible. Research has shown, people with developmental disabilities function better when living in the community with [...]

By | 2017-02-01T11:18:29+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, News & Views, Stories|0 Comments

A Little Boy & His Physical Therapist

"Our son Dylan suffered a perinatal stroke at birth. Through Early Intervention, Dylan worked with therapists from The Arc Alliance. We cannot say enough about Dylan's physical therapist, Beth Werkheiser. She had started working with him when he was a month old. She quickly became part of our family. Not only was she incredible at teaching us stretches, exercises and daily activities to improve Dylan's everyday functions, but she also formed a bond with Dylan (and our family) that we will be forever grateful for. She is an asset to The Arc Alliance organization and any child would be lucky to receive her care! Dylan's Occupational therapist, Lauren Palladino also played a large role in the successes Dylan saw from his therapy. Together they [...]

By | 2016-07-12T10:24:52+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

Early Intervention was the best decision – by Erica Mash

At my son’s second birthday party, I observed my best friend’s child try to engage my son in play, he ignored her. At his 2 year old checkup (a week later), our pediatrician asked approximately how many words does he have in his vocabulary. My answer (as it turned out) led to a discussion about Early Intervention. My son’s diagnosis was life changing. Hi, my name is Erica and I have a son with ASD. His name is Joey and was receiving services from The Arc Alliance. Tara Yerger (Service Coordinator) has been so helpful in Joey’s care. She came over my house on Christmas Eve (of all days) to help with my son’s MA (Medical Assistance) application. Tara’s dedication to her job is [...]

By | 2015-07-24T12:00:40+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Autism, Stories|0 Comments

What I Want for my Birthday

Today is my birthday. I’m not sure if it’s the maturity that comes with age or the fact that I’ve learned from my little guy with Down syndrome that it’s not all about me, but when I’m asked the question “what do you want for your birthday?”, it’s not material things that come to mind. In the four and a half years since my son was born, I’ve been motivated to give back, help people along in their special needs journey, and connect people who can help with organizations and people who need help. My hope is that as I continue on this journey, I will make an impact, be an influencer, drive change. So this year, my answer to “what do you want [...]

By | 2015-07-22T15:54:40+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Down Syndrome, Stories|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 | 2015-07-23T08:19:32+00:00 June 19th, 2015|Autism, Stories|0 Comments

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