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The Arc Announces Friendship Toolkit

Andrew At WorkWe are pleased to share our toolkit -“Friends at Work”with you. In collaboration with the Department of Developmental Services, Widening the Circle project has developed this how to kit! Although intended for employment providers, it can be used by families and friends. Thank you to Rick Hawes of Berkshire Arc who worked with Jim Ross and Mary Ann Brennen and the project advisory committee to develop the toolkit. We also received input from Margaret Van Gelder of DDS and Cindy Thomas of ICI. We appreciate their generous sharing of information and resources. Click here to view the Toolkit. Continue reading

The Arc Staff Has Reached 100%

voteWe are launching our “Make Your Voice Heard” campaign to encourage everyone: individuals with disabilities, staff who work in the field, families and other volunteers to share their voice and exercise their vote. Voting ensures candidates and the public know just how committed we are in advocating for all concerns that affect those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On The Arc website, we have made it easy to know how and where to register to vote not only in the upcoming presidential elections, but also those state legislative campaigns taking place this fall. Voting begins with each of us and we are proud that all staff here have registered to vote. We encourage you to visit the web page for all details about voting and review the list of upcoming election dates. How can we complain if we fail to register and we fail to vote in this year’s elections?


MaxMax Plansky was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 9 months old. As a young child, he and his father spent time on basketball courts with college players. Max loved it. But when it came time to get an education he lost contact with the basketball court. His educational plan focused on a range of special education activities along with regular curriculum and students in those courses. Max is not able to communicate like others and uses a
wheelchair, but he knew things had changed and showed his disappointment in a variety of ways such as withdrawing, getting sick with stays in the hospital, and temper tantrums. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight: Peter Rutledge

Peter RutledgeGiven a box of crayons, Peter Rutledge is inspired to create colorful and eye catching artwork. Peter’s love of drawing began at age 2 1/2; while enrolled in art classes in Japan. Now 28, Peter’s passion for drawing continues and his art portfolio grows. Each contemporary, circular design evokes a dreamlike quality. For almost 26 years, Peter has used crayons as his medium of choice. He blends a mixture of colors to fill the page and create each unique work. Peter has found drawing to be calming and it has given him an outlet to express himself. He is a participant in Work Community Independence’s (WCI) programs where he turns his artwork into bracelets, earrings, and greeting cards; each spotlighting the exquisite color combinations and patterns that are unique to his artistic designs. See some examples of his work below: Continue reading


Andrew At WorkAfter turning 22, Andrew started the Bridges to Work Program at Friendship Home (FH) in Norwell. Through this program he got his job at Not Your Average Joe’s doing food prep. He works Tuesday and Thursday and has been there since April 2012. Andrew loves his job! He also enjoys other programs through FH like Guys Night Out which are one Monday a month. Every month alternates between eating dinner at Friendship Home and hanging out with the guys to watch a movie or sporting event or going out to different restaurants for dinner. He also enjoys Theme Parties one Saturday night a month and weekend outings. This month  is Blue Man Group and the Globe Trotters at TD Banknorth Garden. Continue reading