Lisa Rosekrans, of Hammondsport, was honored with the agency's inaugural Community Inclusion Success award.
Lisa was nominated by Cristina Frawley and Kara Palladino for the creation of the Quality Living and Giving Back Club. She created the club in order to illustrate to people supported by the Arc of Steuben the importance of volunteering.
The club's past activities have included raising funds to combat childhood cancer, collecting items for a local domestic violence shelter and volunteering at a local animal shelter.
"Lisa shows others that doing something nice for someone else makes you feel good about yourself and that everyone in the community cares about each other," Lisa's nomination letter said. "Lisa is being recognized for her effort in implementing, leading and training others in the areas of creativity and community. It is important to recognize these efforts because Lisa is teaching others the value of volunteering."
Mariah Snyder, of Bath, was named the Arc of Steuben's Associate of the Month for September.
Mariah, who serves as community services assistant, was nominated because her quick actions proved invaluable during a recent medical emergency. According to Barbara Bowman, who nominated Mariah for the honor, Barbara was with a person supported by the agency when the gentleman grabbed his chest and indicated he was having pains in the area of his heart.
Mariah called 911 and contacted other staff members who could provide health information to the EMTs upon their arrival.
"I would not have known who needed to be contacted, nor how, since I am here on a very limited weekly basis," Barbara said in her nomination letter. "Without Mariah's quick and independent thinking in this emergency situation, this individual would not have been able to receive the informed emergency care that he ultimately received."
Others who were nominated for September Associate of the Month were Lorrie Erway, employment specialist, of Elmira Heights; Stacie Kiklowicz, program manager, Steuben Employment Services, of Bradford; and Kara Palladino, administrative assistant, development and strategy and planning, of Avoca.
The Arc of Steuben is proud to host renowned Autism author and expert Dr. Jed Baker. Dr. Baker will give a presentation entitled "Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Corning Radisson Hotel.
In this workshop, Dr. Baker will describe how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation will detail strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers.
Tickets are $25 for parents, family members and caregivers of a person with Autism and $50 for professionals working with people with Autism. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.arcofsteuben.eventbrite.com.
Dr. Baker is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with Autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today and other organizations dedicated to people with Autism. He has also authored numerous books on the subject.
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.
“ Linda's needs are met with concern from all who are involved with her and the individual seems very happy. ”