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Thursday, February 04 2016

Upcoming Workshops at The United Arc

Adapted from a The United Arc press release:

Once again, The United Arc will offer free programs designed to help families and professionals care and advocate for people with special needs.  Person Centered Planning will be the topic on February 17th and March 9th, while Transition to Adulthood will be the focus on March 24th.

Person Centered Planning
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 6PM to 8PM
The United Arc, 294 Avenue A in Turners Falls
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 6PM to 8PM
The United Arc/GAAAFSN, 361 Main Street in Athol

Person Centered Planning is a collaborative process that collects relevant information, identifying the capacities of a person or group, in order to clarify a vision for the future and identify steps and processes along the way to support that vision.  Come and join us to look at various planning tools and to determine which planning tool might meet the unique needs of you and your family.  This training will be presented by Joanne Odato-Staeb, M. ED. Educational/Behavioral Consultant, who has been assisting individuals with disabilities to identify and fulfill their life's dreams for over 30 years.

Transition to Adulthood
Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 6PM to 8PM
The United Arc, 294 Avenue A in Turners Falls

Where is your child on the Transition Timeline? At this training, Doreen Boyer, Stephanie Baldwin, and Desiree Hopkins from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will answer the following questions.  What is the transition timeline?  How can a school prepare your child for the future?  What is your role as a parent?  What can you expect from the DDS Coordinator?  Families will also have a chance to get one-on-one advice from these qualified professionals.

For more information about any of these workshops, or to register, please email Melissa Davis, call her at (413) 774-5558 x1042, or register online at


About The United Arc
The United Arc has provided comprehensive and individualized support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Pioneer Valley and North Quabbin region since 1951.