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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Dear Albert: What It Means to Be A Therapy Dog

Thursday April 20, 2017

Dear Albert, My person is training me to be a therapy dog. Does this mean she can take me everywhere with her (like to the store and the movies)? Dear fellow Canine, I am a retired therapy dog; I volunteered with my person for 7 years! When you are registered as a therapy dog you… 
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Support The Aktion Club of Ontario County on April 26th!

Tuesday April 18, 2017

We invite you to join the Aktion Club of Ontario County for a fundraiser at Denny’s on Wednesday, April 26th from 4PM to 10PM. Mention the Aktion Club of Ontario County, and the group will receive 20% of the proceeds from your bill. Aktion Club of Ontario County is sponsored by Kiwanis and supports adults with disabilities… 
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“Painting With Howard” Raises Funds for the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation

Tuesday April 11, 2017

Everyone had a wonderful time at “Paint Along With Howard” on April 4th! During this 2 hour class to benefit The Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation, we learned to paint a beautiful watercolor scene, while exploring watercolor techniques and theory. Each piece of artwork was unique, and everyone walked away with a beautifully matted piece… 
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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…