Drama Club Takes Center Stage

April 26th, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

By Kirk Ponton, Team Leader The Arc Mercer, in conjunction with Institute for the Arts, has created a wonderful and dynamic drama club featuring actors with developmental disabilities. Classes are being held every Thursday evening between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at our newest enclave location on Young's Road. Currently there are 12 official members, with about five more actors who come along to watch

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Arc Mercer Health Clinic Open House Draws a Full House

April 12th, 2017 by Dan Meara

[caption id="attachment_3972" align="alignleft" width="650"] The Arc Mercer and the Medina Community Clinic had an Open House and ribbon-cutting to launch their new clinic and announce their partnership, which seeks to improve care for special needs patients.[/caption] By Daniel Meara, Communications Manager The Arc Mercer and Medina Community Clinic held an Open House on March 29 that drew

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The Arc Mercer and HomeFront Present: Art Unites Us

April 7th, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

Art Show and Reception at the Ewing Township Municipal Building in April       By Megan DiFranco, Visual Arts Program Coordinator During April, Art Has No Boundaries and the Ewing Arts Commission are hosting “Art Unites Us,” a combined art show at the Ewing Municipal Building featuring the artwork of The Arc Mercer's Visual Arts Program and HomeFront's ArtSpace. T

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“Big Inspiration”… a Look at Perspectives

April 5th, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

By Reed Thomas, Manager of the Music Community Engagement Training Site In this article, I'd like to share with you an experience that I had last year. I was holding a recreational event at one of The Arc Mercer's group homes (a cook-out and jam session) when I saw Celesta B. arrive with her roommates and staff members. Celesta has been taking private drum lessons with me for a few months

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New Focus on College Volunteers

March 21st, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

By Mark Spezzaferro The Arc Mercer has undertaken a great new partnership with Disability Allies, an agency which is currently developing two student-run chapters at Rider University. CEO Ross Yellin and his agency are focusing on engaging volunteers from local colleges to become deeply involved with our consumers. Disability Allies' second in command Ashley Leeds works on directly recruit

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Opportunities for Those Who Work

February 23rd, 2017 by Arc Mercer Social Media

By Tanya and Andrew The Clerical Enclave teaches you the skills necessary to be a receptionist and it also teaches you about working as a team through its DIYRE (Do It Yourself Recording Equipment) and Terracycle jobs while training. As a receptionist, you learn how to sign consumers and visitors in and out as well as answering phones. In addition to that, this enclave teaches you how to keep l

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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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