Residential Program Updates

As you are aware, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has implemented a temporary suspension of visitation to our residences in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Effective March 25 at 5 p.m., OPWDD has also directed the temporary suspension of home visits and community outings for our residential programs. We recognize […]

Notice Re: Temporary Suspension of Residential Visitors

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is requiring a temporary suspension of visitation to our residential programs, effective immediately. Community is essential in times of crisis, and we appreciate your support and understanding as we work to sustain our connections in creative ways. […]

Program Closure Announcement

Due to guidance we’ve received with Delaware County being in a state of emergency, we are closing all day programs for two weeks, Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th. Our buildings are heavily sanitized and some staff will be present so if you need to pick up any personal items you should call Monday […]

Coronavirus Relief Bill: The Arc Fights for Disability Community

The following article was provided by The Arc’s national office:   The Arc is pleased that Congress is recognizing the unique and vital needs that people with disabilities have when facing the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency relief bill introduced in the U.S. House  of Representatives today includes important and specific measures that would help mitigate […]

Being Proactive in the face of COVID-19

The Arc of Delaware County is following guidance from the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and being proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19 at our programs and facilities.   Attached are two letters explaining some of the preventive processes and protocols we have put in […]

Grateful for Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

We would like to express our gratitude for the continued support of the NYSARC Trust Services grants, which provide funds for guardianship and recreation programs.   NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) that can dramatically impact the lives of people we support while enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for public benefit programs, such as […]

#Handsoff: Why I Advocate to Stop the Shock

By Nicole Jorwic People with disabilities are being tortured by shock devices at the Judge Rotenberg Center. These devices are worn by residents of JRC, an institution in Massachusetts for children and adults with disabilities. Staff members use remote controls to administer a shock to residents for perceived misbehavior. This is despite the fact that […]

#HandsOff our Kids: Advocating Against Restraint and Seclusion

#HandsOff is a series on The Arc Blog. Each month, we feature a story from individuals and families across The Arc’s network about how some of today’s key policy issues impact their day to day lives. By: Erik Smith I went to Washington last month to support my wife in sharing our family’s story about […]