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66th Annual Meeting

Access to Achievement

Arc of Westchester Celebrates Accessibility at 66th Annual Meeting

HAWTHORNE, NY - June 9, 2015 - The Arc of Westchester Annual Meeting was held on June 9th at Arc of Westchester’s Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center at 265 Saw Mill River Road in Hawthorne. The event began at 6:00 pm with a reception followed by a business meeting and award presentations. Over 100 individuals including chapter members, invited guests, self-advocates, staff and board members attended. The theme of this year's annual meeting focused on Accessibility and Technology. 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Acto of 2008 (ADAA) made history by giving civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. This year also marks the anniversary of the Social Security Act, Medicaid/Medicare Legislation, Civil Rights of Institutional Persons Ace, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Arc of Westchester Board President Bernard A. Krooks, Esq. called the meeting to order, Newly appointed NYSARC, Inc.,President Laura Kennedy gave the keynote address.She talked about her goals for the year ahead and spoke of new initiatives at the state level. She congratulated Arc of Westchester for outstanding and innovative services. She confirmed elections at a swearing in ceremony of agency board members. Newly appointed Steven Kroll, NYSARC, Inc. Executive Director, was unable to attend but sent a video greeting to attendees.

The membership elected a new slate of officers and board members for 2015-2016. Katharine Wilson Conroy, Esq.  was elected Secretary and Jonathan Ferguson was re-elected Treasurer.

The agency recognized a number of partners and community volunteers for their outstanding contributions to social inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. They were each presented with unique artwork created by individuals in our art programs.

The Arc of Westchester Foundation Partnership Award was awarded to Virginia Donovan. A long-time friend and donor to the agency. She has supported our art programs through her generous donations. The Volunteer Partner Award was presented to Mary Antenucci. Mary volunteers weekly to our after-school recreation art classes.

The Public Partnership Award was presented to Westchester Community College. The college has provided a home for Echo Onstage, Arc's Summer Theater Program. 

Gallery265—The agency’s art gallery opened its lobby installation Jumping Through Hoops.  Under the direction of Roberta Nickelsen, Day Habilitation Instructor at Arc of Westchester, individuals in the agency’s programs decorated Hula Hoops that hang from the walls and ceiling of lobby. 

Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in the county serving people of all ages who have disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Currently celebrating 66 years in the community, Arc of Westchester has long advocated social inclusion for individuals with disabilities because of benefits to the entire community.

Arc of Westchester is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and The Arc.

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Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as Arc of Westchester, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.