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Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities

During an October 22 press conference at ARC of Rockland, Senator David Carlucci, center, and representatives from agencies supporting people with developmental disabilities,  celebrated new legislation regarding the Justice Center.  Although the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs holds the powers of a law enforcement agency, it was not previously required to take into account the clinical characteristics of individuals who might be intimidated  during interviews by people with whom they are unfamiliar.  The new law requires that the Justice Center develop protections, including the presence of parents or guardians when appropriate,  during  the interview process. Justice Center investigators will be required to make it clear that interviews are voluntary. Said Carmine Marchionda, Executive Director of ARC of Rockland,  "I want to thank Senator Carlucci for working with us to pass these important protections into law. This new law fills a gap and ensures that that new protections are added to support people with special needs during investigations.

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Art in Motion

Members of ARC of Rockland's Art in Motion group enjoyed a recent tour of the Fort Lee Museum. Pictured at left, Tom Meyers of the Fort Lee Historical society shows the men some of the props used in silent films. Pictured with Mr. Meyers are William Lora, Mike Brenner and Matt Scrima. The group also visited Fort Lee Historical Park where famed silent film "The Perils of Pauline" was filmed. 

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Striking a Pose

Danielle Sack,  in pink, takes the 'sun salutation' pose during yoga class at The Birchwood Center for Yoga and Massage in Nyack, NY. http://www.birchwoodcenter.com. The class includes both new and experienced yoga aficionados.

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An Apple a Day

Painting with apples proved to be the perfect activity for an autumn morning  at ARC of Rockland's Prime Time for Kids Early Learning Center.  From left: Jayden Marangi; Coordinator of Family Services Cindy Torrellas; Nolan Kopf and Teacher Erin Girling.

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Regional Recycling Meeting at ARC

ARC of Rockland hosted the bimonthly meeting of the Hudson Valley Regional Recycling Council, Wednesday, October 1 at ARC headquarters in Congers, NY.  The group includes representatives from the Department of Environmental Conservation and seven counties. ARC presented information regarding eWorks, ARC's electronics recycling operation.

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SANYS-U Graduate

Adler Medidor, center, was among those to complete a seven week course focusing on self-advocacy and leadership development. Pictured with Mr. Medidor are Jordan Jankus, Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator of SANYS-U and Teacher Melissa J. Gomez.

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Self-Advocacy Picnic

Representatives from ARC Careers attended the recent Hudson Valley Sellf-Advocacy Picnic at Croton Park in Westchester. Pictured  back row with Hudson Valley Regional Director of SANYS, center, are Robert Abel, Arthur Pisano and David Gundlach. Front row:  Jeanne Horowitz and Branden Bjorback.

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People to People

Representatives from ARC of Rockland were among the guests at the  People to People luncheon, September 18, at the Paramount Country Club. Throughout the year,  ARC volunteers stage food and clothing drives to benefit families in need supported by People to People. From left:  ARC Team Leader Melissa Falsetti, Philomena Simons, Beatrice Lomiento and ARC Assistant Director Day Habilitation Services Alison Lenci.