The Arc Continues to Leverage Technology to Provide Supports while Social Distancing

April 29th, 2020

Leveraging video conferencing technology already used by the Stepping Stones School and Shapiro Center for Earlier Intervention, The Arc of Essex County rolled out additional tele-services for its life management, day, and adult recreation programs.

For community based supports (CBS) program participant Dyan, this means meeting with her CBS worker Cecilia several times a week via Zoom. This week, Dyan and Cecelia baked brownies! Together, they reviewed the recipe, then Cecelia guided Dyan showing her how to follow the directions, and  mix and bake the brownies. Before enjoying their treat, they were able to catch up, discussing current events and things happening in their lives.

The Arc’s Day Programs also began offering various classes including music and fitness via Zoom. Beginning Friday, May 1st adult recreation and respite program participants can join Assistant Director of Community Services Candes Reid for Friday night dance parties. Meanwhile, participants in The Arc’s life management program can now video conference with staff to continue to receive individualized behavioral supports for their children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Essex County is committed to providing services and supports to those we serve by leveraging technology and practicing social distancing. If your loved one is interested in joining our Day Programs classes, contact Director of Adult Day Services Angela LoSapio at If your loved one is interested in joining our Adult Recreation & Respite virtual gatherings, contact Director of Community Services, Maureen Murray at

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