Recent and Upcoming Events at ARC

ARC 2024 Valentine’s Day Dance

On Sunday, Feb. 11, we had a wonderful day and great turnout for our Valentine’s Day Dance & Luncheon. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the Rutland Elks Lodge #345 and all its member volunteers for hosting and sponsoring this amazing event each year as well as our Holiday Dances in December. Our members enjoyed a meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, with cake for dessert; followed by dancing to their favorite tunes.

March – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

ARC’s Self Advocates Becoming Empowered – Rutland (SABE-R) members worked hard preparing their presentations for the Disability Acceptance Clinics they held in March as part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
These clinics aim to educate professionals on how individuals with developmental disabilities have hopes and dreams just like everyone else and how they want to be treated with the same respect and kindness shown to others. Members also explained what accommodations may be needed to help them understand and fully participate in interactions with professionals such as health care workers, court staff, the police, and such.
Clinics were held at Park St. Healthshare, Rutland Superior Court, and Vermont State University Castleton Campus. We hope to schedule clinics with the Rutland City Police Dept. and Project Vision soon.  SABE-R members also presented to Maggie O’Brien from the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRCP) as to what the needs and desires are of those with developmental disabilities so the RRPC can try to address them in the 2026 Regional Plan; as well as to Jaime Bently from Rutland Regional Medical Center regarding their health planning.

ARC 2024 End O’Winter Dance

A fun time was had by all at our ARC 2024 End O’Winter Dance on Sunday, Apr. 14. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the Castleton American Legion for hosting this dance and to Domino’s for providing a variety of pizzas for our members to enjoy. The meal was followed by cake for dessert, dancing, and visiting with friends.

Voices and Choices Conference

On April 23 & 24 some of our Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered -Rutland members attended the Voices and Choices conference in Burlington. They had a wonderful time attending the dance on the evening of the 23rd; and a variety of workshops on disability advocacy and empowerment, as well as having a nice lunch, on the 24th.

Congratulations to Julie Beebe on receiving the Self-Advocate of the Year Award in our SABE-Rutland group. Congratulations also to Karoline Gillen on receiving the Self-Advocate of the Year Award from GMSA.

Spring Fling Dance – Sunday, June 9  1 –  4 pm  American Legion Castleton

 

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