Day Habilitation helps people with developmental disabilities get the most out of every day!
The Day Services program at The Arc of Monroe County provides a warm, enriching environment that encourages individuals with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities to celebrate their unique talents through recreation, community involvement and volunteerism.
Focusing on independence, inclusion, individualization and productivity, the Day Services program promotes life-long learning opportunities through activities that stimulate mental, emotional, and social growth.
Activities take place both on-site and in the community, and are specifically tailored to the individual’s interests, desires, and abilities.
Ballantyne Day Services
Ballantyne Day Services provides services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and age related conditions including dementia. Through meaningful, failure-free, customized activities, we work to maintain abilities and promote individuals’ overall quality of life. Our services are offered in a safe environment that is relaxing and designed to foster success.
Promoting health and wellness of body and mind, individuals are encouraged to express themselves through nostalgic activities, gardening, exercise, music, and massage therapy. By building community experiences and developing meaningful relationships, the program further enhances each individual’s sense of self.
Southwest Day Services
Southwest Day Services provides services for many individuals with varying needs and interests. With 55 individuals currently receiving services, the site is focused on not only providing basic needs, but on meeting the individuals' goals and providing assistance in our community. The individuals participate in volunteering activities at Meals on Wheels, the Soup Kitchen, Episcopal Church Home, Food Link, and the Moose Lodge. The individuals are also members of the local YMCA, library, and bowling alley.
When on site, the individuals participate in activities such as arts and crafts, chorus, dance group, exercise group, and karaoke. They learn about the weather, money, and current events, and work with a music therapist from the Hochstein School of Music.
Fairport Day Services
Fairport Day Services focuses on person centered planning and individualization, adapting outings and activities to the interests and abilities of each individual. Services are provided for individuals with varying needs, interests and abilities. There is significant opportunity for community and social inclusion, as well as volunteerism, at this program site. We currently work with the Fairport Baptist Home, Foodlink, Meals on Wheels, Soup Kitchen, The Jewish Home, as well as several other local business’s. Skill building activities occur throughout the day on-site at FDS as well. These activities include development of reading and writing skills, computer tasks, cooking groups, math and money management skills, arts and crafts, exercise groups, and more. Services are designed to increase independence and self‐sufficiency, and enhance the quality of life and self esteem of program participants by providing them with meaningful social development.
Henrietta Day Services
Henrietta Day Services, which opened on March 3, 2008, provides services to 12 individuals. The foundation of services here is a more intensive focus upon building communication, sensory and socialization abilities. With such a small group of individuals and a fairly large staffing ratio, the site offers a lot of 1:1 attention. Sensory activities as well as activities in the community are central to this site. The group participates in volunteering in the community at Meals on Wheels, the Red Cross, and Ronald McDonald House. Individuals truly flourish at this home-like site.
Community Arts Connection
Community Arts Connection is a non-traditional day habilitation service that utilizes the arts to facilitate the achievement of person centered goals, including social, emotional and cognitive goals. Various art forms are used to allow individuals served to explore artistic talents, choose an art career and be trained for that path. Our current arts program includes classes in: dance/movement, music, theatre, visual arts, fiber arts, and literary arts.
One of the goals of the CAC is for the individuals served to be seen in their community as artists. The artists at Community Arts Connection volunteer and give back to the community through socially and artistically driven opportunities.
Community Arts Connection has affiliations with Young Audiences, other local Non-profit agencies, several senior centers, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Kick-Salon, Barnes and Noble Book Stores, High Falls Gallery, ArtWalk, Prevention 1st and the local fire departments and local schools. Instructors at Community Arts Connection are also professional working artists with ties to area arts organizations including Geva Theatre Center, Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, The University of Rochester, and the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.
In June 2012, we added another component to Community Arts Connection, called Community Connections. Community Connections specializes in volunteer opportunities within the community. The main focus of this program is social inclusion and giving back to the community. The goals of this program are to identify volunteer opportunities in the community and establish consistent volunteer schedules. In addition to volunteering, participants will have the opportunity for meaningful skill building, such as social, organizational, and employment skills. Participants have many opportunities and choices for different activities to participate in.
People with intellectual and other developmental disabilities can aspire to a career in the arts and to work in an inclusive setting, surrounded by people from all walks of life. To learn more contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at 585-271-0660, ext 2037.
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