I Hope

February 3rd, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

By Kristina Ackerman On a daily basis, you will find Arc Mercer employees working directly with program participants to identify and pursue their dreams. Consumers are given the support and encouragement to follow their passions and develop their talents. For one consumer in the Special Needs Day Program, creative outlets have helped her increase her confidence and channel her emotions. Agnes

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The Importance of Sensory Play

January 31st, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

It is now known knowledge that sensory play is beneficial for individuals with autism. What is sometimes not clear, however, is why. Autism symptoms often involve difficulty processing sensory information such as movement, sound, smell, texture, taste and even brightness. These difficulties can make everyday interactions and activities feel extremely overwhelming for those with autism. Senso

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Art So Nice, We Celebrate Twice

January 20th, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

Two Excellent Exhibitions This February for The Arc Mercer Art Program [caption id="attachment_3707" align="alignleft" width="700"] Left: Joe shows off his galaxy painting. Right: Karen poses with her colorful snowflake creation[/caption] By Megan DiFranco Please save the dates! The Arc Mercer Visual Arts Program has two upcoming reception dates for our latest exhibitions. Our artists h

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ARC Drama Documentary: A Wonderfully Difficult Journey

January 16th, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

As some of you may know, the drama program recently partnered with Princeton TV to create a documentary focusing on the process of creating a show from start to finish. This required the filming of each class, both am and pm, for the full 13 weeks leading up to the show date. Princeton TV provided us with the latest filming equipment to get the job done in an efficient and professional manner.

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Giving Thanks Through Art

January 4th, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

The Arc Mercer Visual Art Program Paints a Message of Thanks on the Windows at Goodwill Home Medical Equipment   [caption id="attachment_3551" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Joe and Rachel give thumbs up for their window design at the Goodwill Home Medical Equipment store in Ewing, NJ[/caption] By Megan DiFranco Goodwill Home Medical Equipment is saying "thank you" to their commun

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Drug Trial Underway for Autism

January 2nd, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

A trial is underway in Indiana in which drug researchers are investigating the link between brain development and diet. Being developed is a potential treatment for autism based on the discovery that many children on the spectrum are deficient in an important enzyme used to digest protein into its building blocks. Many children with autism exhibit impaired protein digestion and, as a result

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Safety First!

December 23rd, 2016 by Arc Mercer Social Media

Safety is paramount here in the Arc Transportation Department. We strive to make sure that we transport our clients with the utmost care. First and foremost, we like to make sure that our vehicles are equipped with the proper safety equipment and appropriately maintained. We supply all our vehicles with GPS systems, Drive Cams and Child Check Mate Alarms to ensure the safety of our clients. We

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Benefits of Hidden Picture Finds

December 21st, 2016 by Arc Mercer Social Media

In addition to clearly being fun, hidden picture finds have many more cognitive benefits that one may not realize: Sharpening figure-ground perception. This is the formal term for distinguishing items from their backgrounds. Object constancy. This means that even though a figure may change in terms of form or appearance, it it still the same object. Visual discrimination. This refers to th

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Congratulations to The Arc Mercer’s Volunteer Program!

December 16th, 2016 by Arc Mercer Social Media

For the first time in the history of The Arc Mercer's Volunteer Program, over 1,000 volunteer hours have been recorded within one month--1,069 to be exact--for the month of October 2016! Thanks go out to volunteers all over the agency, to the Bonner Institute at TCNJ, to FedEx and to our many individual volunteers. For volunteer groups, Bonner at TCNJ students are very enthusiastically vol

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Thanks to Everyone Who Made Hamilton’s Oktoberfest a Big Success

November 27th, 2016 by Arc Mercer Social Media

By Reed Thomas, Manager of the Music Enclave I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of the people who donated their time and effort to make Oktoberfest 2016 a huge success. We put on a live concert at the event with performers not only from our music program but also from the local music community. The show was a blast - our music students showed off their hard work and dedication right

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