Enough Is Enough. Our Statement on the Club Q Tragedy.

As we grieve yet another mass shooting tragedy in the U.S., thoughts and prayers are not enough. We are heartbroken by the continued harassment, hateful legislation, and exclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals that led to the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday. Enough is enough. Everyone deserves the same respect, opportunities, and […]

Grateful for Grants

Earlier this year, Delarc learned that we once again were granted two very generous sums of money from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support guardianship and recreation programs.   NYSARC Trust Services has shared that it administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the […]

Self-Advocates Make a Difference!

Delarc’s Self-Advocacy Group fully embraced the season of giving!  They identified the charitable activities they wanted to support and the Group’s Officers, Sarah Barreto (President), Erin Balcom (Vice President), Tina Cawley (Secretary), and Thomas Ferrante (Treasurer), communicated the various opportunities for giving.   First on the list was “Operation Christmas Child.”  This is a project […]

National Disability Rights Groups File Amicus in Perez v. Sturgis

This week, The Arc of the United States joined eleven national disability rights organizations in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court. The amici are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect students with disabilities and ensure that families of these students are able to pursue the full range of civil rights remedies […]

It’s Flu Season: Are You Ready?

This year we are facing a triple threat for flu season: the flu, Covid-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV). RSV is a viral respiratory infection that usually causes cold-like symptoms. Hospitals are currently seeing an alarming increase in pediatric cases of RSV and some are becoming overwhelmed by the surge. According to research published […]

Meet Kevin: “Yes, I can do it!”

What do you want people to know about Down syndrome? I want people to know that just because I have Down syndrome doesn’t mean I can’t live a fun and exciting life. I have a great life because of my Down syndrome. I want people to know that people like me with Down syndrome are […]

Expecting the Best From Me

By Nathaniel Lentz Throughout my life there was one phrase that was engrained in my brain: expect the best from myself. I always believed if there was something I really wanted to do, that I should not let my disabilities stop me. No matter how challenging or difficult something might be, I would work my […]

Meet Yusuf, A 10-Year-Old With Autism and Big Dreams!

My name is Yusuf and I’m 10 years old. I am in 5th grade. I like to play hockey, write blogs, and make videos for fun. I am hoping to create a YouTube channel soon. I like school so far and one of my favorite subjects is math. Something I am proud of is playing […]

Alice and Soojung’s Story

“We’ve spent most of her life waiting for the help we need, for the wellbeing of our family.” Soojung teaches middle school math and has three wonderful children. Her middle child, Alice, has Rett Syndrome, and has severe seizures, scoliosis, and uses a G-tube for nutrition, fluids, and medications. Alice has had many major and […]