What’s going on in your community and how is The Arc Alliance working for you? Those are great questions! This section is dedicated to tracking news and views regarding The Arc Alliance and various issues concerning our loved ones,family and community.

The Arc Alliance 2012 Annual Report

Please take a few moments and review The Arc Alliance 2012 Annual Report. This document highlights activities for this past year. If you have additional questions, comments or would like to be more involved with The Arc Alliance please contact us.

Berks FC United and Red lions have partnered with The Arc Alliance! For the next two years these two priemer soccer clubs will be wearing The Arc Alliance Logoed Uniform Kits. Through their high level of play they will provide awarness about The Arc Alliance. In addition they are helping raise funds for the agency through donations and various fundraising events.

Both, Berks AJAX FC U13 & U14 premier boy’s soccer teams had outstanding 2012 Fall seasons:
U13 Ajax Red Lions championed their DELCO Fall 2012 league.
U14 Ajax United claimed their DELCO Fall 2012 league championship.

In addition to winning or placing in many tournaments over the years, both teams also took home the 2012 Eastern PA Youth Soccer Association Indoor Cup.

The boys from both teams play quality and competitive soccer, and they are also active with TOPSoccer, where they buddy with players who have special needs. Each Berks Ajax FC player who participates helps their buddy learn the game that has brought them so much joy.

The Arc Alliance seeks opportunities to build relationships in the community, raising awareness of the critical needs of those families we serve. If you would like to get further engaged with The Arc Alliance please contact Scott Camilleri.

2012 Summer Bash & Annual Membership Meeting

Yes, it was a hot night but actually, not that bad. Although the temp’s reached near 100 degrees, in the shade with the breeze, water and mister it was not that bad. It seemed that the children of all ages really had a great time!

Thanks to The Arc Alliance Staff for all their work in pulling yet another Summer Bash together! Everyone did a great job. Below are some pictures of award recipients from the event of Senator Bob, Mensch, JP Mascaro (accepting an award on his father Pat’s behalf), The Scarpello family and Marisa Good.

 

Rally on May 12th See below for details

Also check out the event page for additional information

President Obama Tells The Arc “I’ve Got Your Back”
On February 10, 150 leaders of The Arc from across the country met with a variety of senior White House officials at a Community Leaders Briefing to ask questions and discuss issues facing people with I/DD. The session, held just for The Arc, included an unannounced visit from President Barack Obama. The President spoke of his commitment to people with disabilities saying, “I’ve got your back.” His surprise appearance marks the first time a president addressed the organization since John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. Over the course of the day, leaders of chapters of The Arc were briefed on t

 

opics ranging from Medicaid to education to community living and employment for people with I/DD. Many of the speakers, including President Obama, referenced the impact advocates made during budget negotiations to protect Medicaid, and encouraged The Arc and others to continue these efforts.

Legislative Breakfast March 8, 2012

This morning, several of The Arc Alliance executives, board members and service providers met with Bucks County  state representatives and staff members to discuss issues and challenges facing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are grateful to Senator Robert Tomlinson of the 6th District, for his hospitality and work bringing together those we met with today.

Paul Stengle & Albert Sutter Jr.

At this meeting The Arc Alliance was pleased to present Senator Tomlinson The Arc Alliance’s Vincent J. Fitzpatrick Award for his life-long achievements and contributions to significant improvements in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Senator Tomlinson was not able to be in attendance, however the Senators District Director, Albert Sutter Jr. graciously accepted the award from Paul Stengle on his behalf.

The Governor’s budget with the various and significant cuts to services for those we serve was a significant topic of concern during our meeting. Paul Stengle facilitated the time incorporating those in attendance into the discussion enabling the representatives from Bucks County to hear from a variety of voices. We also presented several other key issues of concern from reform of special education , school climate for students with disabilities to the increasing waiting list issue, increased admittance to state institutions, employment and the inequity of the due process within school related issues.

It was a full and high paced meeting covering many significant and critical issues! We thank all those in attendance!