Janelle was so excited to be part of this video to share her Wayne ARC experiences with everyone. She works in Key Industries, attends many of the community services events, and receives clinical services at Wayne ARC, but the thing we love most about Janelle is her smile!
As part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we wanted to share a few stories with our followers from individuals we support. This video stars David Cleveland, a true Elvis fan who loves his wife more than anything.
One of our goals in sharing these stories is to show everyone that people with developmental disabilities are not so different from others. They still fall in love, get married, sing and dance to cultural music icons, and travel the world.
Watch as David tells about his love for Elvis and his wife. Let us know what you think in the comments!
March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month, and Wayne ARC wants to share some awesome stories, videos, and photos with you throughout March to celebrate people of ALL abilities.
Each week throughout the month we are promoting different national social media campaigns, sharing videos of individuals we serve in our community, and visiting schools to teach others how to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. We would like to begin with informing everyone of how to use "People First Language."
People First Language places emphasis on the person, not his or her disability. For example, we should say, "she has a disability" instead of "she is disabled." This makes her disability just one component of her person instead of being her whole identity.
Using better language is a small first step in the right direction for better inclusion of people with disabilities. For this reason, we chose to highlight the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign first. Eliminating the word "retard" from our vocabulary to describe someone is crucial. This word is hurtful, derogatory, and offensive to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are people just like everyone else, and they deserve the same level of respect. We encourage everyone to sign the pledge and vow to respect people with disabilities.
Check out this article if you would like to read about this from John Franklin Stevens' point of view. Thank you for your support in this effort to respect others!
Due to inclement weather, we rescheduled our Painting with a Purpose fundraiser to Wednesday, February 28. All of the other details will remain the same: 6-9 p.m. at the Lindsey Redmond building in Macedon, wine included, Savoia's desserts, hors d'oeuvres, necessary painting supplies included, silent auction, and more!
Not artistic? Don't worry; there is no painting experience necessary! We are excited to spend our first-ever paint and sip fundraiser with you to help support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
If you didn't get a ticket, we still have some left. Visit our event page to register. We hope to see everyone there!
Have you ever thought about working at a nonprofit to make a difference in the life of someone with a disability? Do you want to work in the OT/PT/Social Work field? Wayne ARC is hiring clinicians across four counties. Visit our job page to find out more!
Check out the video below to get an idea of the wonderful ways our clinicians help those with special needs.
Included in the $40 ticket is 2 glasses of wine from our friends at Castel Grisch Winery, hors d'oeuvres from Wegmans, desserts from Savoia's, all painting supplies, a certified Painting with a Twist instructor, a small silent auction, and more!
We also have gift certificates to Evolve for the Home in Lyons and gas cards for Kwik Fill to give away to people who attend.
We can't wait to see you there in a few weeks. There is no art experience necessary! Visit our event page to register. Seats are limited, so don't wait.
Students at Roosevelt Children's Center had a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus this week. The visit was complete with presents, a candy cane, and a chance to talk to Santa for each child.
We hope everyone has a merry Christmas!
In a time crunch getting ready for the holidays? Behind on your wrapping? Want to donate to a great organization that supports people with developmental disabilities? You're in luck! Wayne ARC staff and individuals we serve will be stationed at Peebles in Newark tomorrow and Saturday (12/15-12/16) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. wrapping gifts. Thanks to Peebles, all wrapping will be free with donations appreciated. All proceeds will go to the Arc of Wayne Foundation so we can better serve the people we support in our communities.
Please consider donating to this great cause, and get some of your holiday gift wrapping taken care of! We look forward to seeing you there.
Jessica Blondell, our Community Relations Specialist, writes all of our blog posts to keep everyone who supports Wayne ARC up-to-date with what the agency is doing in the community. Enjoy!