Valuing,
respecting,
including and
recognizing the contributions of our citizens with
disabilities.

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The United Arc
294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Tel (413) 774-5558
Fax (413) 863-5219

Family Support Office
Tel (413) 774-2105

Welcome to The United Arc

The United Arc provides an array of flexible services for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. During fiscal year 2013, The United Arc provided services to more than 900 individuals and families from 47 communities in Franklin and Hampshire counties and in surrounding communities. We are pleased to be serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 62 years!

   ~ Ed Porter,Executive Director

Employment Opportunities & Events

New Employment Opportunities

* Community Support Program Manager

* Residential Direct Care

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Agency Events

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Special Needs Trusts:

Protecting the Financial Future of People with Disabilities

With United Arc Board Director, Seunghee Cha

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bethlehem Baptist Church, 216 Allen Street, in Hampden, MA.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Monson Savings Bank is holding a complimentary workshop entitled, Special Needs Trusts: Protecting the Financial Future of People with Disabilities, featuring expert speaker, Seunghee Cha, of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP.  The Special Needs Trust is one of the most effective ways to protect people with special needs when their parents and guardians can no longer care and provide for them. This workshop will provide a wealth of critical information for parents and guardians of people with special needs.  The event will be held on Wednesday, September 10, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.   It is open to the public (you do not need to be a customer of Monson Savings Bank to attend). 

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  People may call or e-mail Anna Driscoll at 413-267-1221 or Email Anna to RSVP.

View Seunghee Cha's Buckley & Richardson Newsletter for more information on her work.

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Healthy Relationships

In Healthy Relationship classes, we will discuss topics to help you build a fulfilling social life, including:

friendship - communication - dating - romantic relationships - safety - self-care

September 17th, 2014: Introduction

September 24th, 2014: Friendship

October 1st, 2014: Communication

October 8th, 2014: Moving from Friend to Sweetheart

October 15th, 2014: Being in a Relationship

The United Arc/GAAAFSN

361 Main St.
Athol, MA

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Snacks provided!

Call Katherine Dunne to register:

(413) 774-5558 x 1007

Download flyere HERE

Register Online

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Workshops on Special Education

An IEP for My Child

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The United Arc/GAAAFSN

361 Main St.
Athol, MA

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education Program. This workshop takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable annual goals and measuring their child's progress.

Register online

Basic Rights in Special Education

Monday, September 29, 2014

The United Arc

294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:
 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
 MA Special Education Law and
 No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child's school to decide their child's eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child's progress in school.

For Information or to RSVP contact:
Katherine Dunne or call (413) 774-5558 ex. 1007
or call Mary Lunny or Jennifer Lemoine at (978) 249-4052.
You can also register online

Download a flyer HERE

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Music Therapy

With Michael Williams-Russel, MT-BC

Saturdays, September 20th - November 22nd

(No session on 10/18 or 10/25)

Join us for a fun and supportive music therapy group led by certified
music therapist Michael Williams-Russell (Rusty). Music therapy
addresses the physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs
of individuals. In this group, participants will come together to sing,
play instruments, and dance while addressing these needs.
Through musical involvement in this therapeutic context, participants’
abilities are strengthened and transferred to other parts of
their lives.

The United Arc

294 Avenue A.
Turners Falls, MA

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education Program. This workshop takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable annual goals and measuring their child's progress.

Music Therapy costs $5.00 per weekly session. Scholarships are
available through The United Arc.

For more information
about how Music Therapy can
change your child’s life or to register
your child for this program, contact your
Family Support Specialist, or
Katherine Dunne
413-774-5558, ext. 1007
Email Katherine

Download flyer HERE

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NEWS

 

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Vision Statement

The United Arc affirms that all people are valued and interdependent and that each person deserves opportunities and support to pursue individual goals and achieve maximum potential.  We envision a society that respects, includes and promotes the contributions of all community members.

Mission Statement

The United Arc is committed to ensuring that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have full access to systems and opportunities that uphold human rights, enhance growth and wellbeing, offer choice and promote full inclusion in society.  This mission is carried out by providing services, conducting advocacy, identifying resources and creating community partnerships. 

Read the article in Time Magazine about The United Arc - Vol. 178, No. 10, September 2011

Read the article from the Arc of Massachusetts newsletter regarding our 60th Anniversary Celebration!

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    The new, revised, legal definition of an individual with an intellectual disability consistent with the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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View our 60th Birthday historical review HERE.

A short collage of some events and people through the years.

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Explanation of our new logo colors.

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