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.
Printers Plus, the Arc of Steuben's screen printing and embroidery business, has won the 2015 Printwear Shop Makeover Contest, offered through Printwear Magazine.
As the contest winner, the Arc of Steuben will receive a five-day consultation with Printwear Magazine columnist and industry consultant Lon Winters, who has been in the screen printing business for more than 25 years.
"Lon is great at tailoring his visit and recommendations to what your business wants," said Carly Hollman-Long, executive editor of Printwear Magazine.
Don Evia, the sales manager for Printers Plus, said he became aware of the contest a year ago after reading about it in Printwear Magazine.
"Businesses spend up to $25,000 for a consultant to come in," Don said. "This is an amazing and unique opportunity."
Last year Printers Plus filled more than 2,000 orders, producing 144,000 pieces of apparel for customers like the New York State Parks and Recreation Department.
Pam Failing, production manager for the Arc of Steuben, said winning this contest could help the shop proceess even more orders.
"We made sure that our equipment over-prepared us for the future," Pam said. "Our current equipment allows for a huge amount of growth. This consultation could bring us to the cutting edge of the industry."
For the Arc of Steuben's contest submission, IT Specialist Bob Everett created a video with a "Mission: Impossible" theme. Bob said making the video created a number of challenges, including working within a relatively short time frame, protecting the privacy of the people in the video with intellectual and developmental disabilities and presenting Printers Plus in an interesting and entertaining way.
"As I was brainstorming ideas in my head, the 'Mission: Impossible' theme started playing," Bob said. "A lightbulb went off. From there it almost fell onto the computer screen. It was one of those moments where everything aligns."
Magazine officials said the Arc of Steuben's submission stood out among the 35 entries because of Bob's creative approach.
Printers Plus employs 27 people, including 17 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is part of the Arc of Steuben's Vocational program, which also includes Steuben Janitorial Services, Food Service at the Arc Way Cafe, and light assembly through Industrial Solutions.
In total 288 people in Steuben County with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive job-readiness training through the agency's Vocational program.
"This is such a great opportunity to highlight the people who work in Printers Plus," said Bernie Burns, the Arc of Steuben's executive director. "We have been in the print business for more than 30 years, during which times millions of pieces have received quality printing done by people who have disabilities. This is a chance to recognize Printers Plus for the high quality work that they do."
Are you looking for a way to show your support for people in your community with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Autism? Consider becoming a member of the Arc of Steuben.
Your membership helps the Arc of Steuben provide programs and services for more than 1,000 people in Steuben County and surrounding areas. It also helps the agency's advocacy efforts by showing legislators in both Albany and Washington, D.C., that there are thousands of people standing with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Becoming a member is inexpensive. For a one-year membership, it's only $1 for associates, family members of associates, people served by the Arc of Steuben and family members of those served by the agency. For members of the community, membership is only $5 for one year.
A lifetime membership is $50. We are also running a two-for-one special on lifetime memberships. For every paid lifetime membership, you also receive a lifetime membership you can give to a family member or friend.
Please consider partnering with the Arc of Steuben. Simply click here for a membership form. Fill out this form and return it to:
Arc of Steuben
One Arc Way
Bath, New York 14810
Completed membership forms can also be emailed to Bob Recotta at email@example.com.
Thank you very much for making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in your community.
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.
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