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Arc of Yates hosts 2nd annual Kid's Day

Children of Arc of Yates staff were invited to learn about the Agency during their break from school

  • 24 April 2017
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Arc of Yates hosts 2nd annual Kid's Day

Arc of Yates hosted “Kid’s Day” to share Agency mission & work with children of employees

Penn Yan, NY (April 24, 2017)- Twenty children spent their last day of Spring Break last week touring the Arc of Yates facilities and learning about what their parents do at work each day.  The 2nd annual Kid’s Day at the Arc of Yates included participating in sensitivity activities, touring Keuka Lake School and the program facility, and sharing lunch with individuals at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

The students began their day by touring the Arc of Yates administration building and learning about all of the staff who support the Agency.  They were also invited to sit behind the desk of President & CEO Daniele Lyman-Torres and share what they would do if they were CEO for the day.

After the tour the children watched a video documenting the conditions and eventual closing of Willowbrook, and discussed how the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities has changed over the last forty years since the Arc of Yates was founded in Penn Yan.

“It is important for us to share with our families what we do here at the Arc of Yates,” said President & CEO Daniele Lyman-Torres.  “It’s not only an opportunity for kids to see what their parents do all day, but also to interact with the individuals we support and learn about how to treat individuals they may meet in their school or in the community that have similar disabilities.”

As part of a segment on sensitivity the children were invited to attempt several day-to-day tasks hindered with various disabilities, including poor eye sight and fine motor skill issues.  The children were asked to read recipes and try to fill out a job application while wearing glasses covered in saran wrap, and they attempted to open medicine bottles and do other small tasks with their fingers in large gloves.

The participants enjoyed lunch in the Center for Lifelong Learning, and were treated to cupcakes created by individuals enrolled in the Culinary Institute.  The day ended when the children returned to their parent’s office or workstation to shadow their work for the remainder of the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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