We 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.
We 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?
The Arc’s Operation House Call would like to thank the 170 volunteer families in Massachusetts who make experiential “real life” learning available to hundreds of medical professionals every year. We would like to wish our OHC “host families” a healthy and happy 2016!
Max 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.
After 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.