Earlier this month Mr. Joseph Petrikonis from the Knights of Columbus Council #11378, Our Lady of Peace Church visited our agency presenting us with a generous donation of $3,195. The Knights of Columbus have always been extremely charitable to The Arc and had strong belief in our mission. Mr. Petrikonis toured our new T.E.C.H. Center and met with some of the participants of the program. Assistant Executive, Anita Ball, told him of the agency’s great progress and bright plans for the future. He was impressed with the Center and looks forward to following the progress of our new endeavors.
T.E.C.H. Center, The Wave of The Future
Oona Borg on 08/08/2014
We have recently opened the Technology, Experience, Community Hands Program, better known as the T.E.C.H. Center, in a wing of our Black Horse Lane location. The Arc Middlesex County’s Vocational Program and Center Coordinator, Michael Birardi have taken the concept of participants expressing themselves through technology and are masterfully expanding on the idea. Individuals in the program are exploring the world on iPads, preforming physical activities on the Wii, delving into photography and other artistic endeavors, as well as, utilizing our therapeutic, sensory room. In the short time this program has existed it’s had a tremendously positive impact on the lives of our participants. Nonverbal individuals now have a voice and people that were consummate spectators are participating on a regular basis. You are met with an all-around positive energy when entering the Center. The T.E.C.H. Center is a great addition to our Agency and the future looks bright.
One of the many ways The Arc of NJ, New Jersey Self Advocacy Project works toward accomplishing its objectives is by educating the State Administration and Legislators regarding issues of importance to people with disabilities.
Amy Burns, Program Intervention Specialist for The Arc of Middlesex County and founder of the Students Education & Experience Disability Sensitivity (S.E.E.D.S.) program, demonstrates an activity during the program at Samsel Upper Elementary School, Parlin, on Oct. 10.
The Arc Middlesex County hosted SEEDS program at Samsel Upper Elementary School designed to provide students with an understanding of disabilities in the hope of improving the way that students with disabilities are treated.
The Arc of Middlesex County is a private, not-for-profit organization, established in 1949. The organization is dedicated to promoting equal life opportunities for people who have developmental disabilities. We are members of The Arc of New Jersey and The Arc of USA. Visit our affiliate Network 21.