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.


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… 

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
6x6 view @ RoCo Gallery

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

Horticulture Helps at Enchanted Farm Faire

Friday June 10, 2016

The Creative Expressions Horticulture group spends their Friday’s at Shimmering Light Herb Farm working the earth’s soil and learning how to cultivate herbs.  Shimmering Light Herb Circle is a learning community for those seeking wellness through forming healing relationships with the plants that grow around us. The Horticulture group will be operating a fund raising… 

Communicating Through Music

Tuesday June 7, 2016

As the music therapist for Ontario ARC, I have the privilege of working with a variety of people; however, a large majority of these people do not use traditional methods of communicating. This situation often leads me into creative problem solving for each unique individual. A tool I will often use in these situations is… 
david & fezzik

Remembering David Lascell

Wednesday June 1, 2016

Our therapy dogs teach us so much – even how to cope with grief. On April 1st, one of our beloved volunteers, David Lascell, died unexpectedly. By chance, David and his labradoodle, Fezzik, were the volunteer team highlighted in our 2016 Pet Connections Therapy Dogs Calendar for the month of April. It seemed a cruel joke…