Monday, September 22, 2014

Pathways Gives Back

The Pathways program is always finding new ways to give back to the community, both locally and across the globe.  One of the great ways that Pathways gives back is with the Adopt-a-Platoon program.  Throughout the year the participants create hand-made items that they sell, and then use the money from the sales to purchase items for donation.

 In August, the group sent along a care package and received a note from the Platoon thanking them for their continued support.

"Thanks for all the goodies.  The soldiers enjoy receiving these.  You may not be tracking but, we will begin our preparations to head back to the good o'USA soon.  We truly do appreciate all your folks kindness in preparing the boxes.

We are all doing well and in good spirits.  We are constantly busy so time is always passing us by.  I work every day by a quote from Muhamad Ali, 'Don't count the days; make the days count.'  We just always believe we have to make a difference every day.

.... Once again just want to say thank you very much for your support."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Out & About

The Autism Center at Ontario ARC recently launched a new social skills group focused on building communication skills in community settings.  "Out & About" will be a unique opportunity for children to work on social skills in a group setting and then put those skills into practice in the community at local events and group-chosen activities.

The most recent "Out & About" outing was at Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua, where the group was able to bowl and play laser tag.  Two moms also joined in on the fun as chaperones, and even participated in laser tag!  The fun energy of the evening helped all of the stress and worry of normal social interactions and community outings fly away and everyone had a blast!  

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We would like to send a big THANK YOU to the parents who continue to support children with specific needs - your job never ends and sometimes seems endless.  We hope that this opportunity, and future "Out & About" events will provide more opportunities to let go, laugh and have fun!

- The Autism Center staff

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thank You Direct Support Professionals!

This is a wonderful week to thank our Direct Support Professionals for all they do. I have said many times that our Direct Support staff are the backbone of the organization and I say that with sincerity.
We are fortunate that our Direct Support staff rise to the challenge every day and assist the individuals we support overcome challenges and reach their full potential. DSP’s are the front line in providing for health and safety. There is no more important job and they deserve our respect every day!!!

Enjoy the day, Ann Scheetz

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Victor Parks and Recreation invited us to be a part of their Annual Bike Rodeo in July.  In addition to the community races and activities, Victor Parks and Recreation offered the ice rink (no ice included) to Ontario ARC for FREE WHEEL'N - an opportunity for children who need some extra attention and training to learn to ride a bike!

Several stations, some with adapted equipment, were set up around the rink allowing children to work on various skills such as peddling, balance, and motor planning.  The goal of the day was not just to ride a bike without training wheels, but to learn new skills to and gain confidence to come closer to riding a bike on their own.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped with the event - over 25 volunteers came out to assist 20 children learn how to ride a bike independently!  Thank you to Rochester Rehab SportsNet for providing the adapted equipment, R Community Bikes for providing bikes and scooters, and to Victor Parks and Recreation for allowing us to have such a fantastic event during their Bike Rodeo!

Congratulations to all of the riders!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fitness Center Update

In May, the Fitness Center at Ontario ARC opened its doors to staff and participants as a part of the agency's OWN It! wellness initiative.  In the eight weeks since opening, over 130 ARC staff have completed orientation training to be able to utilize the facility.

The Fitness Center, which includes a private shower/bathroom, features equipment focused on resistance training and cardio training.  The space has been designed to be fully wheel-chair accessible.

The state-of-the-art reservation and appointment system located in the Fitness Center
Currently, the space has averaged about 60 reservation blocks per week.  The reservations are kept on the web-based appointment and check-in application that can be found right as you walk in the door to the center.  To date, over a dozen direct-support professional staff have been trained as "Fitness Coaches" to allow greater opportunity for participants to safely access the exercise equipment in the Fitness Center.

Over a dozen direct-support professional staff have been trained as "Fitness Coaches" 

The OWN It! wellness initiative is a pivotal cornerstone of the agency, and the Fitness Center is an exciting part of the plan.  Look for more fitness initiatives through the Fitness Center in the coming months!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Promoting Wellness One Fruit or Vegetable At A Time

Ontario ARC's Pathways program has created a unique wellness opportunity for the food offerings at Ontario ARC.  Each month, participants from the program choose a seasonal fruit or vegetable to research and develop a flyer to promote the health benefits of incorporating fresh produce into a diet.  The chosen fruit or vegetable is also featured in the Sully's monthly menu to highlight different ways to use the produce while promoting a healthy diet at the agency.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Please Join Us As Ontario ARC Celebrates 60 Years!

More than anything else people with intellectual and developmental disabilities want to show they have value, and celebrate their achievements just like you and me.  At Ontario ARC, we take pride in celebrating accomplishments of both our remarkable staff and the amazing individuals we support.

The environment at Ontario ARC starts with actions and attitudes of the people we employ.  Staff who think first about what they can do, rather than about their disability; staff who use "people first" language to show respect, and not identify a person by their disability.  It is this respectful and humble culture that empowers the individuals we support to succeed.

As we enter our 60th year of providing supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I am proud to say that the quality of services we provide remains strong and the innovative, proactive spirit that makes Ontario ARC unique is thriving.

On June 7th, we will be hosting an agency-wide open house and celebration.  Please join us and help us celebrate the past, present and future at Ontario ARC.

Enjoy the day,
Ann Scheetz

To RSVP for the 60th Anniversary Celebration & Open House, please contact us via email at by May 28th.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Hank!

Tales for Tails offers a unique opportunity for students who participate in Ontario ARC's Active Academy after school programs in Canandaigua and Victor to read with volunteer dogs from the Pet ConnectionsTM program.  The bonds formed between the students and  dogs help encourage growth in reading and social skills, and offer a fun atmosphere for learning!

We recently had the opportunity to celebrate a birthday with volunteer team Kathy & Hank.   Happy Birthday Hank!  Thank you for letting us celebrate with you!