Day Services

A blend of Day Habilitatin and Community Habilitation services and supports gives participants a range of options to pursue individual dreams, goals and aspirations.

Transition Services Specifically Geared to Recent High School Graduates

Young men and women explore options as they move from school to the adult world. An individualized curriculum emphasizes abilities.

Engaging in  tailor-made fitness routines, learning to navigate a kitchen, following a recipe, preparing meals, ordering from a menu, dining out with friends—these are some aspects of day-to-day life that lead to greater independence.

Shopping for people who are home bound, helping care for animals at local shelter, working at a food pantry, visiting with senior citizens in an assisted living home are a few of the many opportunities through which young men and women gain valuable experiences while giving back to the community.

Academic pursuits including studies in history, literature, math and current events are woven into the day. Discussions led by professionals cover local, state and national issues.

Whether it concerns academics, socialization, volunteerism or an exploration of potential employment opportunities, the time of transition is the time to consider the future.

Opportunities for Adults of All Ages

Physical Fitness: The Rockland Community Field House, the St. Lawrence Center, local gyms, dance studios, yoga and Zumba classes and the area's numerous parks and hiking trails are the perfect fit for fitness.

In the Swim: Weekly year ‘round trips to The Arc Rockland's heated, indoor therapeutic pool in New City are great for toning muscles.

Pursuit of knowledge: The County’s many fine libraries offer books, audio and video tapes and the chance to listen to guest speakers in the company of other members of the Rockland community. The Arc Rockland  assists in enrollment and accompanies students to non-credit or for-credit courses at area colleges.

The arts: Taking part in pottery instruction at The Arc's Glaze Pottery and Art Studio in Orangeburg,  music or dance classes within the tri-state area, help to get creative juices flowing.

Culture and sports: Sporting events, theatre, concerts, area zoological parks and attendance at conferences are a sampling of destinations.

Technology is the way of the world. Individualized instruction increases proficiency.

Extracurricular late afternoon activities include cooking classes, art instruction and a focus on Health and Wellness.

Evening swims take place in The Arc's therapeutic, heated, indoor pool in New City.

Community Groups Designed for Adults with Shared Interests

Living life to its fullest means being part of the broader community. Participants have access to one of The Arc's eight community hubs located at sites throughout the County. Whether it involves a volunteer position with a local organization, visiting historical sites, engaging in recreational activities, preparing for a career or furthering one’s education—new experiences expand horizons and bolster self-confidence. Small groups of people spend time pursuing activities of mutual interest within Rockland and its environs. Folks with a penchant for the arts might paint, draw, take photos or visit museums and art galleries. Those with a desire to hone pre-employment skills may volunteer at locations that suit their interests and skills—everything from dog walking to delivering meals to people who are homebound.

Abilities Beyond Autism

The Arc Rockland takes a person-centered approach and promotes skill development based on an individual’s preferences, desires, life goals, skill level and learning styles. We embrace a variety of therapeutic evidence-based interventions including Applied Behavior Analysis  with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior and Positive Behavior Supports. All supports are provide within a positive  framework which emphasizes building on the strengths and interests of each person. Our mission is to provide all individuals with ASD and their families the support needed to reach their fullest potential and live meaningful lives including community involvement.

Day Services for the Young at Heart

Age is relative. When it comes to The Arc Rockland's senior citizens, keeping active and involved is a way of life. The Arc seniors spend time visiting peers at senior centers throughout the County. Guest lecturers, trips to sites of recreational and educational interest,  cooking, dancing,  art classes, njoying lunch at local restaurants, reminiscing—spending time with friends—this is what it means to be young at heart.

Whatever path one takes…be it community involvement, transition from high school to the adult world, pre-employment, community activities, volunteerism, the pursuit of higher education or a combination of several offerings, each person’s needs, goals, wishes, dreams and aspirations always come first.

Thank You to The Arc Rockland’s 2020 Corporate Sponsors: