Ontario Arc Speaks

Welcome to Ontario ARC Speaks! -- Ontario ARC's official blog. We are a not-for-profit organization that provides high quality services and supports to individuals disabilities or other challenges and their families. Read on to learn more about us and see the wonderful things we are doing at Ontario ARC.

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Master Gardeners Welcome Ontario ARC Horticulture Program

Tuesday January 24, 2017

The Horticulture program has been actively collaborating with the Ontario County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners. When we were offered the opportunity to teach a couple classes within their program, Marilyn immediately came to my mind. Marilyn has been attending the Creative Expressions Horticulture Program for several years. She is very active in the program,… 
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Sensitive Santa Visits Ontario ARC!

Friday December 16, 2016

Our 2nd Annual "Sensitive Santa" was attended by 15 children and their families. This sensory friendly setting lessened the amount of anxiety children often feel when going to see Santa in a larger group/mall setting where the stress from just waiting in line often leads to having to leave without seeing Santa. Read full article
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Runners Support Ontario ARC at Annual Canandaigua Turkey Trot

Friday December 9, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to this year's Canandaigua Turkey Trot and to our generous sponsors! Nearly 400 runners came out to 'feel the burn before the bird' at the 5K Fun Run/Walk which raised over $9,000 for the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation. Read full article
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Creative Expressions Art Exhibit Ends Sunday!

Thursday December 1, 2016

Only 4 days remaining! There is still time to catch the Creative Expressions Art Exhibit at Rio Tomatlan in Canandaigua!   The current exhibit boasts 80 pieces of artwork from over 40 talented OARC artists – and much of the art is available for sale (a great gift idea for the Holidays!). We had a… 
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Less Than A Week Away!

Wednesday November 2, 2016

Less than a week away! Ontario ARC is proud to announce the Creative Expressions Art Exhibit starts next week. Over 50 pieces of OARC Artist work will be on display and for sale November 8th – December 4th at local restaurant Rio Tomatlan in Canandaigua. Please join us for the Opening Reception celebration event on… 

Horticulture Provides Opportunities for Growth

Thursday September 22, 2016

Throughout my 2 and half years as the Horticulture Specialist I’ve had a student that has shown immense growth, determination and dedication to the program. He is very interested in Horticulture and Nature and wants to pursue a career in that path. Because of his constant dedication, he was given the opportunity to assist with… 

Eberhardt Center Unveils Mosaic Texture Wall

Monday August 1, 2016

The Eberhardt Center of Ontario ARC is proud to announce the completion of a sensory-friendly Mosaic Texture wall, made possible by a grant for the newly constructed outdoor Recreation Area on our grounds. The wall project was a collaborative effort, created with the help of several Eberhardt individuals under the guidance of Ontario ARC’s Art… 

“My Self, My World, My Dreams”: JR Rivas

Wednesday July 20, 2016

At Ontario ARC, we want people to be as independent, happy, and successful as they can possibly be. Five years ago, JR Rivas was embarking on his education and considering career goals, just like many other young adults. Today JR, a member of the first class to graduate from Ontario ARC’s Project SEARCH and now a longtime employee at Finger Lakes Health-Geneva… 

A great training opportunity is coming to Ontario ARC

Thursday July 14, 2016

On July 25-26 Ontario ARC will be presenting the Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disability and Dementia. This two-day training was developed by the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, which is a subsidiary of the American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. Read full article
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Creative Expressions Artists Participate in 6×6 Art Show

Monday June 13, 2016

Six Creative Expressions Artists submitted 15 pieces of art this year to the worldwide “6x6” annual art show held at Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s “RoCo Gallery”.  Read full article