D.R.I.V.E. (Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential-learning) is a collaboration between the Arc of Yates, Dundee Central School District, and Keuka College. This program is a highly individualized education program for individuals with developmental disabilities to continue their education after high school in a collegiate environment.

The D.R.I.V.E. program focuses on creating a unique and age-appropriate educational experience that nurtures student's social and academic growth. Students are given access to a myriad of experiential learning opportunities through service learning, work study, mentoring, and internships.

Students are guests in at least one Keuka College class each semester and enjoy privileges similar to those of Keuka College students. Keuka College students serve as peer mentors for D.R.I.V.E. students, assisting them to become fully integrated into the college community.

While participating in Keuka College classes, D.R.I.V.E. students are also enrolled in courses taught by educators from the Arc of Yates and Dundee Central School District. Students are offered these additional core curriculum and life skills classes to complement Keuka College courses.

While enrolled in the D.R.I.V.E. program, students are encouraged to participate in vocational training, volunteerism, and/or extracurricular activities both on-campus and in the community.

D.R.I.V.E. has been recognized by the New York State Department of Education as an effective practice in transition programming for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The program has also received recognition from former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative University for D.R.I.V.E.'s commitment to post-secondary education for students with disabilities.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the D.R.I.V.E. program, please contact us at (315) 279-5342 or 
contact us for more information.  


DRIVE Field Period at Cumming Nature Center 2017

DRIVE Field Period at Cumming Nature Center

During the month of January the DRIVE  students completed their Field Period at Cumming Nature Center.  The students participated in outdoor activities, completed service and maintenance projects at the center, and built items in the woodworking shop.

See the Student-Created video HERE

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March is Disabilities Awareness Month

  • 20 March 2017
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March is Disabilities Awareness Month
 Each March we take the opportunity to recognize the approximately 4 million Americans who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Locally, the Arc of Yates supports over 400 individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and other developmental disabilities in our community

DRIVE Students complete Field Period, create video

Students in the College Pathways program produced a video of the month-long experience at Cumming Nature Center

  • 16 February 2017
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DRIVE Students complete Field Period, create video
Students at DRIVE completed their college field period at Cumming Nature Center during the month of January.  They participated in outdoor activities, completed maintenance projects, and created items in the woodshop.

Local lawmakers, Arc representatives meet to discuss increased funding for direct support wages

  • 16 December 2016
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Local lawmakers, Arc representatives meet to discuss increased funding for direct support wages
Assemblyman Chris Friend, left, Senator Tom O’Mara, Arc of Schuyler Executive Director Jeannette Frank, Arc of Chemung Executive Director Michael Doherty, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Arc of Yates Chief of Staff Mary Mansfield, and Arc of Steuben Executive Director Bernie Burns met to discuss the need for increased funding from the state to cover wage increases for direct support professionals

Keuka Lake School offers Holiday Adventure Camp for children aged 2-12

The community is invited to take part in the first adventure camp from December 27-30

  • 7 December 2016
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Keuka Lake School offers Holiday Adventure Camp for children aged 2-12
Keuka Lake School will host and Adventure Camp during winter break.  Pre-school and school aged children aged 2-12 are invited to take part in the day camp.  Meals and snacks are included for the $95 weekly fee.

OPWDD approves Arc of Yates Grant Request of $1,235,079 for Keuka Gardens Project

Project will support independent living options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

  • 30 November 2016
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OPWDD approves Arc of Yates Grant Request of $1,235,079 for Keuka Gardens Project
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announced this morning that the Arc of Yates application of $1.2 million for the Keuka Gardens Project in Penn Yan has been approved.  The project was one of dozens state wide competing for a total of seven million dollars available in state aid.
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