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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March Is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Thursday March 1, 2018

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Help us raise awareness and promote inclusion and acceptance for people with disabilities. Read full article
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Spread the Word to End the Word

Friday February 23, 2018

Ontario ARC’s Self Advocacy group “Speak Up, Speak Out” is hosting an awareness event on March 7th to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read full article
Erin Whitbeck is a trusted member of the team at Victor Goodwill. She sorts hundreds of books each day and assists customers at the register.

Erin Whitbeck Thrives at Goodwill

Thursday January 25, 2018

A few years ago, Erin Whitbeck was committed to her standing weekly appointment with her Placement Specialist. She made finding a job her job, and they worked together considering many options to find the job that would be the best fit. A visit to the Victor Goodwill felt right, and Erin decided to apply. During… 
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Happy Holidays – Congratulations to Our Creative Expressions Artist!

Wednesday December 20, 2017

Congratulations to artist Donna Barkman for creating the winning design for the agency’s annual Holiday Card contest! Donna is a talented member of Ontario ARC’s Creative Expressions art program. This year, the holiday card featuring Donna’s festive artwork and a friendly greeting was sent out electronically. Happy Holidays! About the Artist With delightfully bold energetic… 

Runners Support Ontario ARC at 8th Annual Canandaigua Turkey Trot

Monday December 18, 2017

Thank you for joining us for our 8th Annual Canandaigua Turkey Trot! Over 400 runners came out to ‘feel the burn before the bird’ at the 5K Fun Run/Walk which raised over $13,000 for the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation and Ontario ARC’s growing menu of innovative services for people with disabilities or other challenges. We… 
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A Holiday Note from Albert

Thursday November 16, 2017

  Dear Readers, I hope those of you who are considering giving an animal as a gift this season will give the gift a lot of consideration! All animals have basic needs which are to be free from hunger and thirst, free from pain, injury and disease, free from fear and distress and free to… 

Home is Where the Heart Is

Wednesday November 8, 2017

Robert Hornbeck lived in the small community of Manchester/Shortsville for many years, most recently in an efficiency apartment at his grand-nephew’s home. Robert enjoyed evening walks, local garage sales, and festivals. You could often find him browsing the aisles at the local grocery store and assisting with the shopping carts. Early this summer, Robert’s life… 
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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Dog Owners

Wednesday November 1, 2017

Thanksgiving calls upon friends and relatives to come for a visit and sometimes even stay for dinner. Does your dog jump on guests and beg from the table? Here are some options to help you get through the day. Read full article
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Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Thursday October 19, 2017

Every October, Ontario ARC and other organizations across the country celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  This month is a time to celebrate the employment of people with disabilities and the valuable contributions these individuals make to America’s workplace and economy. Why should you hire a person with a disability? Click here to learn more! We… 

Ontario ARC Celebrates the Solar Eclipse!

Thursday September 14, 2017

On August 21st folks at Ontario ARC enjoyed the opportunity to partake in the Solar Eclipse- exciting historic and nationwide event. In the Creative Expressions Art Program, artists watched live footage of the excitement across the country and spent time painting what they were seeing. Read full article