Beckie Austin and Alicia McLaughlin were named the Arc of Steuben’s Instructors of the Month for July.
McLaughlin, central intake and transition coordinator, and Austin, senior program coordinator, were nominated because of an autism training session they recently gave.
“The way this training was presented captivated me for the full four hours,” Mary K. Beaver, who nominated Austin and McLaughlin for the award, said. “Not only was this training valuable and interesting, but the way these two instructors worked so in sync with each other was remarkable and kept the attention of the audience.”
Beaver said the training contained a lot of information that could have been overwhelming, but Austin and McLaughlin presented the class in a way that was interesting, well organized and informative.
Also nominated was Lesa Didas, residence coordinator for the West Street residence.
Rich Armstrong, of Bradford, and Jill Kline, of Savona, were named the Arc of Steuben’s Associates of the Month for July. Armstrong, a service coordinator, was nominated for the extra effort and attention he gave to a challenging situation.
One of the individuals Armstrong serves was having difficulty with his living situation. Armstrong worked with the individual’s family and determined the individual was in need of additional services. Despite running into a number of roadblocks and obstacles that might have prevented Armstrong from procuring the services this individual needed, he persevered and through his patience, finally got the individual into a living situation that better suited both him and his family.
The nomination letter also pointed out that Armstrong took on the challenge of securing the services this individual needed while still serving 38 other people.
“This was a success story where a Medicaid Service Coordinator worked diligently on meeting the family’s needs and dreams of having a son that is happy and content in the environment that he is living and is given the skills necessary to be successful in his everyday life,” said Armstrong’s nomination letter.
Kline, transportation operations manager, was nominated for associate of the month honors due to her willingness to take on necessary tasks during a staffing shortage in the transportation department.
“Jill not only is trying to do her daily operations duties but has been trying to interview drivers and mechanics, trying to solve passenger issues, learning Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection requirements, running for parts, driving buses when we are short drivers, crawling around under buses to help our mechanic to make sure our buses pass DOT, and anything else she can do to get things done, all with a smile on her face and a great attitude,” Kline’s nomination letter said. “She is a great supervisor and an asset to The Arc of Steuben.”
Also nominated were Savona resident Tracy Nichols, food service manager, and Bath resident Chris Taft, employment specialist.
To celebrate the Arc of Steuben's 50th anniversary, we are offering two lifetime memberships for the price of one. For only $50 you can double your support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In order to take advantage of the two-for-one offer, simply print off the form and return it to the Arc of Steuben.
The Arc of Steuben and the Family Resource Network will present an information workshop on self-directed services from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park Complex, 1 Arc Way, Bath, N.Y.
This workshop will provide information for individuals, families and caregivers on what Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)-funded self-directed services are and how they work.
Participants will have the chance to develop a basic understanding about creating an initial service plan for the individual with an intellectual or developmental disability and identifying what their responsibilities will be and who they will be working with during the process
For more information or to register, call 607 437-0077 or visit email@example.com.
NYSARC is looking for aspiring artists to design a logo for its 2015 convention.
The logo design contest is open to individuals who receive services from the Arc of Steuben, agency associates, family members of associates and individuals receiving services, Arc of Steuben members, middle school and high school students in grades 7-12 and New York college students.
The theme of the 2015 convention is “NYSARC and You - Making the Journey Together.” The person who submits the design that is chosen for next year’s convention will receive an iPad.
The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. For more information about submission rules click here.
For an entry form, click here.
We help them. Since 1964, Arc of Steuben has supported people with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn life skills, build careers for themselves and live as independently as possible.
We help them do more. We help you and your community with the businesses we operate. We provide Steuben County's largest network of public transportation. We match employers to talented employees.
We help people with developmental disabilities soar. When they soar, they help you soar.
The Spring 2014 Newsletter is now available. The online version has photos and articles available online only. Click here.
The complete catalog for the Arc of Steuben’s Lending Library is now on the website. The library is searchable by category, with the categories listed on the page. You can also use the Search field to search by title, author, topic or type of media (book, cd, dvd, game, etc.).
To use the library catalog select the Resources menu above and click on Lending Library, or click here.
When: Tue Sep 23, 2014 2pm to 4pm
Where: Arc of Steuben Industrial Park Complex, 1 Arc Way, Bath (Off Route 54)
Event Status: confirmed
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