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Battle of the Bands Fundraiser 2018

Thank You All! The Arc Alliance thanks all of those who attended or participate in the 2018 Rock-n-Bowl Battle of the Bands Fundraisier. Through everyone's support, we raised over $11,100 to assist individuals & families in our community. As you can see from the below photos, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the music presented by the competing bands. We thank each band  (Blonde James Blonde, Civil Discord, Haywood Trout, and the wining band The Fight Back Home) for the effort they provided in a very close and fun competition. Last year's winning band Paper Lanterns, opened the event with a great set. The Arc Alliance thanks Scott Mabry for providing photography at the event. Click Scott's logo below tosee more of his excelent work! [...]

By |2018-10-22T14:56:53+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

The Arc Alliance & Ambucs Partnering in Support

The joy in a child's face is absolutely priceless! When you couple that joy with a families emotional appreciation it can be humbling.  This past Wednesday night  The Arc Alliance Children's Services partnered with our local Ambucs Chapter to provide four families and their child with a first tryke. As you can see from the sampling of images below, it was a great night. The Arc Alliance Children's Services has had many opportunities and the privilege to partner with Ambucs and provide children with a Tryke Bike. On this night, we were happy to assemble four families and finalize the measurements and adjustments to each child's unique Tryke. It was awesome watching each child light up when they realized it was their own [...]

By |2018-09-14T11:29:41+00:00September 14th, 2018|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

Governor Wolf Proclamation – Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Sept. 9-15, 2018

Direct Support Professionals play a critical role for individuals with disabilities and their families. In many cases these staff become almost as close as family. The Arc Alliance and all our staff are honored to be part of our families lives. We are also happy that Governor Wolf has taken time to recognize those in our community who have dedicated their lives and careers to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families. As you see Governor Wolf has crafted and presented a state proclamation, identifying, September 9-15 2018 as a time to recognize and appreciate those professionals who contribute to the enhancement of the lives of individuals with disabilities. Although many families share their appreciation regularly with direct support staff, we urge you [...]

By |2018-09-13T10:24:28+00:00September 13th, 2018|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Music Together Program

The following video was put together by a family that participated in The Arc Alliance Children's Services Music Together Program. The video is a great representation of the program, enrichment, and activity that takes place in each class. The Music Together Program is one way The Arc Alliance supports families and furthers the development of their children. For more information follow this link. Music Together link https://youtu.be/N3vjShkL_-M

By |2018-06-27T10:24:50+00:00June 27th, 2018|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

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+00:00June 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 29th, 2018|Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

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