Supports Coordination

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

Chandler Balch – Oh the places you may go!

You can click your heels three times, and say there’s no place like home, but after you say that, where will you end up? Today we are going to discuss pros and cons of different living arrangements that you can use to help your young adult live independently. Understand that this is not an exhaustive list but several issues I have discovered. Also remember that each option has both financial and personal freedom costs that each individual and family needs to consider. For example, what’s the level of freedom/independence are you willing to forgo in order to have specific services? These are not easy questions but essential when looking into the future. First things first, before we discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the [...]

Chandler Balch – My last year in School

I can’t believe where time has gone, but in June of 2017, I will be graduating from high school and starting the next phase of my life.  Over the next couple of months, I will be taking you along with me as I prepare to graduate from high school.  My blogs will explain to you the different processes that I must complete and decisions that I must make before I graduate.  These include guaranteeing that my current services continue, decisions about where I can live, and whether I will continue my education or if I’ll get a job. Curiosities about waivers after high school? Don’t kill the cat, read this instead! Today’s blog will be about the waiver application process. At the conclusion of [...]

By |2016-12-20T14:16:11+00:00December 20th, 2016|Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch|1 Comment

Staff recognized for distinguished service

Congratulations! Staff recognized for distinguished service to persons with developmentally disabled! Expect, Receive and Achieve with Us! Congratulations to Linda Chesney, Lori Nichol and Tim Connors of The Arc Alliance for being recognized by Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities for distinguished work with and support of persons with developmental disabilities. The Arc Alliance administration, board of directors and staff are proud of their dedication and commitment to persons with developmental disabilities. These award recipients are representative of the dedication, passion and commitment of all the staff of The Arc Alliance. Linda Chesney and Tim Connors, Supports Coordination staff of The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services are recognized for the care and extraordinary support they provide to persons [...]

By |2016-02-12T12:46:47+00:00February 12th, 2016|Arc news, Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Never Underestimate Tim – by Carol Lawrence

Each birthday my son celebrates, I find myself looking back to the memorable times in Tim’s life.  Even though it was difficult to find out that Tim had Down syndrome, the period that always comes to mind is the days that we spent at the MARC Early Intervention Program (now would be The Arc Alliance Children's Services).    Back when he was in the program it was center based so we went to a church in Norristown.  Interacting with other children in class and having his individual therapies was so valuable to who Tim has become today.  He worked very hard to learn new skills and make his body stronger.  The word that never came to mind was LAZY.  Tim was a very determined little boy [...]

By |2015-07-24T11:09:27+00:00June 15th, 2015|Down Syndrome, Stories|0 Comments

Preparing for His Future

In September 1998, one day before out twin sons 7th birthday, and four years after our daughter was born, our family celebrated the birth of Kevin Thomas Lezynski.  He was the long awaited baby brother.  He weighed 8 pounds, was 21 inches long, he had beautiful rosy coloring and blond peach fuzz for hair.  One look at him and my husband, Jerry and I were in awe (once again) at the happiness a new baby brings.  It only took a few minutes for us to realize there was a different feeling in the delivery room.  The nurses were quiet, they left the room and our doctor came in.  He told us of his suspicion that Kevin had Down syndrome.  Our journey was going to [...]

By |2015-07-24T11:39:42+00:00June 15th, 2015|Down Syndrome, Stories|0 Comments

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