Rodney Pragle, of Avoca, has been named the Associate of the Month for October.
Rodney, a Direct Support Professional, was nominated because his quick actions prevented a potential medical catastrophe. One of the individuals at the Geneva Street home was sucking on a hard candy when the candy became lodged in his throat, preventing him from breathing. Rodney immediately recognized the individual was choking and performed the Heimlich maneuver.
The individual coughed up the candy and was taken to the emergency room as a precautionary measure.
The parents of the individual wrote a letter recommending Rodney for Associate of the Month.
“Due to Rodney’s quick action and being able to do the Heimlich, we feel that Rodney saved (our son’s) life,” the nomination letter said. “If Rodney had hesitated or wasn’t sure what to do, we don’t think (our son) would be with us today. We greatly appreciate what Rodney did. The action taken reaffirms us that (our son) is being well taken care of by caring staff.”
Other individuals nominated for October Associate of the Month include Ashley Spencer, Direct Support Professional, Shanna Gardner, Controller, and Stacey Rodbourn, Service Coordinator.
The Arc of Steuben will be hosting a free information session entitled “Knowing Someone With Autism” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex, 6838 Industrial Park Road, between Bath and Hammondsport.
The session will include an overview of the history of autism, the new Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis criteria, a general overview of communication, social, repetitive behavior and sensory impairments within the spectrum and common strategies for dealing with each impairment.
Presenters will include members of the Arc of Steuben’s Sensory Tools and Autism Resources team.
Register by visiting www.eventbrite.com/e/knowing-someone-with-autism-tickets-13785509831
or call Darla Roote at 607.776-4146 ext. 2222.
Eliza Miller, Quality Enhancement Specialist, has been named the Arc of Steuben’s Instructor of the Month for October.
Eliza was nominated for the Personal Allowance and Finance course she recently taught at the Adsit, Elm and Pearl street homes.
“She went above and beyond not only to present the information in a way that made it apply specifically to my job, but also to take the time to help each person individually if they were struggling,” Eliza’s nomination letter said. “You can tell that she loves her job and takes pride in doing a good job. She’s an asset to the Arc.”
Also nominated for October was Matt Mehlenbacher, Quality Enhancement Director/Corporate Compliance Officer. Mehlenbacher was nominated for the Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) training he recently provided at the Arc of Steuben’s Pearl Street home.
The Arc of Steuben’s Giving Back Club is compiling kitchen starter kits to be distributed to local domestic abuse shelters. They are currently seeking dinner plates and silverware for the kits.
Anyone who has dinner plates or silverware to donate can drop them off at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex, 6838 Industrial Park Road, Bath.
For more information, email Lisa Rosekrans at email@example.com.
The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State will be holding its annual self-advocacy conference Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.
The keynote speaker will be Mike Kennedy, who recently published a book about his life entitled “My Life In Institutions and My Way Out.”
Registration can be done online at http://sanys.org/news/?page_id=1780. Information and registration forms can also be received by calling 518.382.1454.
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 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: Sat Nov 22, 2014 10am to 2pm
Where: The Arc of Steuben, 1 Arc Way, Bath, NY 14810, United States
Event Status: confirmed
When: Sun Dec 7, 2014 1pm to 4pm
Where: The Main Place (formerly the Hornell Knights of Columbus)
Event Status: confirmed
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