The Arc of Monroe County is launching a new program where adults with developmental disabilities can stay longer. The new program is called Encore, a site-based respite program that is located at the Community Arts Connection location in Rochester. The program offers individuals with developmental disabilities a place to become more active.
The new program is for adults 21 years of age and older. The program provides different activities for education, social and leisure skill development, and self-advocacy skill building. According to Nate Zelesnikar, senior director of Programs and Services at Encore, the program is extremely helpful for parents and caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones with a developmental disability, especially those who balance their caregiving with raising other children and work.
The Arc of Monroe County has been providing a variety of programs and services for over 1,700 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families in the Rochester community for 60 years. The Arc works to enhance the quality of life and self-esteem of individuals in the programs, providing them with meaningful social development, supported employment, residential community living, and enrichment opportunities. The Arc of Monroe has 40 locations in Monroe County that assist individuals with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities that include Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
This was reported by Rochester First on July 22, 2019.
Contact information: Arc of Monroe County, 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road, Rochester, New York 14623; 585-271-0660; Website: www.arcmonroe.org