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ARTS Experience Festival Continues this Week!
The 5th Annual ARTS Experience: A Festival Celebrating Inclusion & the Arts April 1-11,2014 [show more]

The ARTS Experience cultivates and embraces the spirit of inclusion through participation in the arts, artistic performance and celebration.  The festival is a partnership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes, twelve local ARC chapters providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Over 20 art workshops, films, music, art exhibits, presentations and discussions will be featured during this two-week event.  To learn more about the remaining opportunities, visit the Hobart and William Smith website.

The festival will conclude with a gala on Friday, April 11 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the HWS Scandling Center Patio/Cafe.  All of the events are free, accessible and open to all - registration may be required for some events!

Join us TONIGHT for the next offering in our Speaker Series!
ProSocial Behaviors & Sexuality [show more]

This is an opportunity to learn basic information to help an individual with a disability to understand the physical, emotional and social changes of puberty and adolescence.  To reserve your seat at this presentation, visit our Speaker Series page or contact Ontario ARC's Training Department at  The event is free.

Ontario ARC Offers Community Training Opportunities
Ontario ARC offers a variety of educational opportunities for the community. [show more]

Ontario ARC offers a variety of educational training opportunities for businesses, schools, emergency service groups and organizations to assist in educating staff on Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders ranging from introductory information to transition methods and best practices.

Current class offerings include AUTISM 101, TRANISTIONING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION and many more.  To learn more about the class opportunities available through Ontario ARC and to stay up to date with class offerings, visit our website at  

To schedule a class for your organization, please contact Diane Van Derwater, Clinical Services Manager at (585) 394-7500 X2148 or by email


Ontario ARC offers Food, Fun & Fitness to Seniors in Canandaigua
Ontario ARC and the Salvation Army continue to partner to bring an innovative program to seniors in the community. [show more]

Ontario ARC and the Salvation Army continue to partner to bring Food, Fun & Fitness to seniors in Canandaigua.  Classes are held every Thursday from 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Canandaigua.  It is free and open to the public.

Food, Fun & Fitness combines 30 minutes of nutrition education and physical activity to promote wellness for seniors.  The program is designed to promote balance, nutrition and maintenance skills to help seniors remain independent.  The 1-hour class also incorporates aspects of fall prevention.

To learn more about Ontario ARC's Food, Fun & Fitness, contact Jody Thomas at 585-919-2161.

Ontario ARC Staff Participate in Community Discussion on Autism
Ontario ARC Staff participate on the panel for the Community Discussion on Autism hosted by Senator Michael Nozzolio and Happiness House [show more]

On Saturday, January 25th members of Ontario ARC staff participated on the panel for the Community Discussion on Autism hosted by Senator Michael Nozzolio & Happiness House.  Diane Van Derwater, clinical services manager and Lisa Bugbee, senior service coordinator joined other community members to answer questions on topics including housing and the future for individuals who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, funding for future housing assistance and funding for educators to train in topic areas relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders.  As the rate in diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders increases, we look forward to more community collaborations and discussions!