Congratulations Amy Daly and Matt Maikits! Nominated by their supervisors, The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services' Supports Coordinators, Amy Daly and Matt Maikits, were award recipients at this year's Max Award Ceremony. They were nominated for providing excellent support to their caseloads and going above & beyond for their individuals to ensure they are not only healthy and safe but have a quality of life that they deserve.
A special congratulations to Susan Ryan for being awarded "Educator of the Year" at this year's Developmental Disabilities Annual Awards Ceremony. "Susan Ryan is being recognized for her compassion and dedication to the children and families she serves as a Speech and Language Pathologist in Early Intervention through The Arc Alliance Children's Services. Her nominations came from families, other therapists, and colleagues. Susan is respected and admired for her many years of hard work, dedication, and passion. Susan is someone who truly goes "above and beyond" for her children and their families. She takes the time to get to know her children and families. Families that work with Susan know that she truly cares about their children and feel comforted by her willingness to [...]
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! [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]