The Arc Denounces Ruling on Use of Shock on Residents with Disabilities at Judge Rotenberg Educational Center

In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the use of electric shock devices that has inflicted painful abuse on residents of the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts for decades. JRC is an institution for children and adults with […]

A Minute With Molly… July

Life at Delarc is always exciting, always busy, and always focused on the Unifying Principles, our core values. Life at Delarc is not, however, always easy. Currently, we are facing a staffing crisis and it is a monumental challenge. We are spending a great deal of time and energy recruiting staff and there are far […]

2021 Annual Membership Meeting

The 2021 Annual Membership Meeting was held Saturday morning, June 19th, at the Hamden Town Pavilion.  You couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather that day and the setting looked so inviting with picnic tables adorned with Unity Blooms from our Studio 190 program.   Attendees were delighted to gather for this in-person meeting after […]

The Social Security Law That Keep Parents Awake At Night

By Micki, Grassroots Advocate   My husband and I consider ourselves to be informed parents. When our twin sons Zach and KC were diagnosed with intellectual disability in infancy, we tried to learn all we could to be a good mom and dad. We attended educational programs, joined local organizations that focused on families like […]

A Strategic Plan to Move Forward

The Arc of Delaware County is a proud Chapter of The Arc New York, the statewide organization that supports and connects 37 local Chapters in realizing our statewide mission to provide people with disabilities the ordinary and extraordinary opportunities of life. As a member of The arc of Delaware County, you are also a member […]

Zen Petersen, Living His Best Life!

Last spring Zen sat down with us to share a little about his life well lived. It was a beautiful spring day and we had a wonderful chat on the front porch of his apartment. We agreed that after being cooped up protecting ourselves and everyone else from Covid19, we were so thankful for the […]

Better Care Better Jobs Act Will Make Huge Investment in Disability Services

The system that provides supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families has fallen far short of their needs for decades, and the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and worsened this reality. The Better Care Better Jobs Act (BCBJA) introduced today will make a huge investment necessary to change disability services […]

#CareCantWait: COVID-19 Recovery Must Include People With Disabilities, Families, and the Care Workforce

By: Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy and Bethany Lilly, Senior Director of Income Policy While legislators in Washington, DC debate what IS and IS NOT infrastructure, people with disabilities and their families are grappling with day to day life, and a system that did not have the infrastructure and staff to support them […]

A Father’s Love: The Rewards of Disability

Jose Velasco is thankful for the incredible journey of fatherhood. The father of two did not foresee the life he and his wife, Deya, and their son and daughter created, together. This Father’s Day, Jose reflects on nearly three decades of being a dad and how disability has rewarded his life in ways he had […]