An action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others are all the ways to describe advocacy. Tim Connors does all of these actions for the individuals he serves on a regular basis. He is always there to help his individuals find their voices. Tim’s individuals are very lucky to have him as their Supports Coordinator as he always ensures their wants and wishes are heard. Tim leads his teams with respect and kindness which paves the way for a positive long term relationship. The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services is lucky to have Tim as a strong advocate and leader on their team.
Ashley W. has been an SC for 12 years and is an exemplary example of all the characteristics a SC should possess. The majority of her clientele she has had since then because they see her as an asset to their team. She was most recently selected as Supports Coordinator of the Month by Transition Consultants for April 2021. She also has been dealing with a difficult situation that includes an investigation for one of her individuals with compassion and unwavering determination.”
In many ways, Alex is your typical 7th grader as he enjoys playing video games with friends and soccer. His sister, Isabelle, describes him as a “gamer”. In other ways, Alex is not your typical 7th grader. He has been an actor, a model, a public speaker, and a recent inductee to the National Honor Society. At 13 years old, Alex has even managed to earn a Personal Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Council which he will receive on 6/3 in a virtual ceremony in which he is also the Keynote speaker. Alex happens to have Downs’ Syndrome and he has made it his life’s mission to spread awareness about the importance of inclusion of individuals with Downs’ Syndrome [...]
Please meet our new HR/Personnel Manager, Casey Sewell. Casey was previously a HR Generalist then a HR Admin/Special Projects Manager. She is currently completing her Masters on Human Resources Development from Drexel University which specializes in learning and performance, organizational development, employee retention and career development. Casey shared that it is a passion for her to work for an organization that supports and empowers others. She is looking forward to working with and supporting our staff that support all of the individuals and families we serve in the community. We look forward to getting to know and working with her and all the fresh ideas she will bring to The Arc Alliance family.
Despite being an SC Quality Coordinator for less than 8 months, Sylvia jumped into her new role with both feet, bringing fresh, creative ideas to improve existing programs and generate brand new ones. She's enhanced the SC orientation program by increasing check-ins and ensuring all trainings are compliant with COVID-related protocols. Sylvia has also volunteered lo be the backup ISP reviewer to assist our ISP Reviewer and SC Supervisor. She takes the time to meet individually with SCs, giving refresher trainings on new processes. Most recently, she has become certified in both Quality Management and Certified Investigations, achieving both within a 1-month timeframe. Her dedication and drive definitely do not go unnoticed. We can't wait to see what the future brings for Sylvia, and [...]
President Biden’s speech announcing the American Jobs Plan, included a MAJOR announcement of an investment of $400 Billion to expand access to HCBS and support the direct care workforce. The plan is linked here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/ Of specific note isn’t only the size of the investment, it is also the inclusion of both services and workforce supports AND the inclusion of a permanent reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person program. There are not a lot of specifics, and The Arc will be working with Congress to figure out how we can operationalize this in legislation. We will need everyone's support to see this important legislation becomes law. This package is expected to take until late summer/early fall to come together. President Biden’s plan will: [...]
Dear Friend, The air is crisp today, and the changing of the seasons is bringing us closer to the holidays. With the economic effects of COVID-19 having a disproportionate effect on individuals and families served by The Arc Alliance, we are anticipating a surge in support requests. I am writing to you today to request your support this holiday season. Every dollar counts and we need your contribution to make a difference in the life of individuals with a disability. COVID-19 has taken so much from the individuals we serve, and their families. Day programs were closed, virtual Early Intervention services have increased stress among parents and caregivers, and adult clients in independent living have been cut off from family and friends due to [...]
March 18, 2020 Dear Friend, Like all businesses in Pennsylvania, The Arc Alliance adjusted our operations due to COVID-19/The Coronavirus. This is an evolving situation that is changing rapidly. The CDC is recommending social distancing and to stay at home to help defeat this pandemic. Our staff are working from home to support the individuals we serve. Our Spring fundraiser, Gin and All That Jazz, is cancelled due to the CDC recommendations. Due to this, we need to ensure our doors will stay open after this pandemic subsides and we can return to business as usual. Since 1951, The Arc Alliance has been in your community serving children, teens, and adults with disabilities. In order to continue this work, we need your help. If [...]
“I am a foster mom and received a phone call for the placement of a ten week old baby who was abused at five weeks old. He suffered a traumatic brain injury. When I met him, I was stunned by his appearance. He held a downward gaze, his body was limp, and he did not have functional use of his limbs. The silence was deafening. He never cried. During discharge, I was taught how to administer his medications, feed him through a feeding tube, and was told he would never make ‘a meaningful recovery.’ It was heartbreaking. I had never cared for a medically fragile child before and I was unsure of what his future held. Colton proved them wrong. One of the [...]
On June 4th we had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Weiss, the Owner & Operator of Perkiomen Valley Brewery, which will be opening at the end of June 2019. It is a local community nano brewery located in the Green Lane area of Montgomery County. The family created a comfortable place to gather in a mobility and sensory friendly environment. The brewery plans in the future to provide jobs for individuals with disabilities that are under-represented in the workforce. Please visit their website: https://perkiomenvalleybrewery.com/ - they are also on Facebook and Instagram! Watch the video below or follow the link to BCTV's website to learn more! https://youtu.be/nVXQwjptVvI https://www.bctv.org/video/employment-innovated-jobs-for-individuals-with-disabilities-6-4-19/