Genesee ARC’s parent organization, NYSARC, Inc. and CP of New York State, the leaders of the two largest statewide family founded groups supporting people with disabilities, are calling on Governor Cuomo to make good on commitments by previous administrations to support people with disabilities and their families.
The Arc Grand Prix Run Comes to Watkins Glen International April 12
The Arc of Schuyler in Watkins Glen, NY is hosting a 3.4 mile run at Watkins Glen International, the internationally acclaimed motor racing course, on Saturday, April 12th.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Watkins Glen International to hold this community event to support The Arc,” The Arc’s Executive Director, Jeannette Frank said. “Our purpose is to promote healthy lifestyles, support inclusion of people with developmental disabilities, and to give individuals and families a fun and unique opportunity to support The Arc.”
This one-of-a-kind event provides runners the opportunity to run the full length of the famous Watkins Glen road course. The event also includes a one-mile course for walkers. Individuals and families are invited to participate in the run and various WGI Opening Weekend activities held on Saturday.
Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. The cost to enter the run/walk is $25 for adults and $10 for youth ages 5 – 17 until Saturday, March 29. Participants are encouraged to pre-register to receive a t-shirt and save $5 on the registration fee.
Prizes will be awarded to overall male and female race winners and top finishers in their age brackets will receive award medallions.
Register today at www.arcgrandprixrun.org.
This feature profiles the great work being done on the chapter level to help facilitate the employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their communities! Congrats to The Arc of San Francisco for this coverage!
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced state support today for a training institute and teaching hotel in Muncie. Pence met to talk about the collaborative project with Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and officials from The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy group for people with disabilities. The project is first of its kind and will offer post-secondary education opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Arc of Monmouth, with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, worked with a filmmaker to make a short film and a PSA about employment of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities created for persons with disabilities, their family members and supporters, encouraging them to consider employment as a goal. It suggests that people seek help from their state’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities and/or local chapter of The Arc. A premiere is set at a local theater on April 27, but it is already available on You Tube. Chapters of The Arc which offer employment services are welcome to use the film for meetings or support groups.
JUST DO IT!
When it comes to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we have a “CAN-DO” attitude. Just like Nike, The Arc’s “swoosh” tells the world that we’re up for any challenge, we’ll face it head-on, we won’t stop until we meet our goals, and we’ll do it all with a smile!
Students of The Arc of Schuyler’s Dance Classes Perform for Rotary Club
Trenton Loughlin and his troupe of aspiring dancers conducted daily practices to master their routine to the song, “Walking in the Air” written by Howard Blake in 1982.
Loughlin, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University in Pennsylvania has performed with the Ithaca Ballet for nearly twenty years. He is currently the Creative Movement and Dance instructor at The Arc of Schuyler in Watkins Glen and developed a movement and dance program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.
Daily classes are designed to help people with disabilities improve their flexibility and range of motion, reduce muscle tension, and improve cognitive skills through choreography. While the program is an excellent component to The Arc’s commitment to health and wellness, Loughlin says the class isn’t just about exercising the body and mind.
“The class is designed to respect and empower people’s individual differences and abilities,” Loughlin said. “Movement is important and available for us all to express ourselves.”
Loughlin and several members of his dance class were proud to perform at a Watkins-Montour Rotary Club meeting on January 30, 2014. Tony Fraboni, club president, commented on the troupe’s energy and enthusiasm. “You could see how much everyone enjoyed the performance. They made you smile and leave feeling good!”
Loughlin introduced the dance troupe with his own story. “Working at The Arc – I get to share my passion with others, be a role model and a teacher, and share the creative process with awesome people who want to learn and create,” Loughlin said. “Then we get to share what we’ve accomplished with others – in art shows and in public performances. It’s wonderful how supportive The Arc is of the creative arts by offering various music, visual arts, and movement programs.”
In April, Loughlin will have the opportunity to share his experience in choreography and creative movement at The ARTS Experience Festival at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. He will be leading a workshop at this annual arts festival that promotes inclusion of college students, people with disabilities and the public at large. The festival takes place April 1 – 11, 2014.
Photo: (left to right): Patrick Wheeler, Shelly Johns, Carol North, and Trenton Loughlin from The Arc of Schuyler perform at Watkins-Montour Rotary Club.
Submitted by The Arc of Schuyler.
Dennis Basler is a St. Louis Arc resident whose love for comic books is well known among friends and family. Recently, Dennis was diagnosed with terminal cancer but is battling it with the help of some “superhero” friends. His story went viral on social media and it’s been amazing to see the outpouring of support from near and far. KSDK-TV sent a camera crew to film Dennis as he received gifts from his superhero buddies. http://www.ksdk.com/videos/life/2013/12/22/4172785/