The Arc Lancaster Lebanon

Your donation to The Arc Lancaster Lebanon during ExtraGive
supports our Sib Talk program!

Every month our Program Manager, Amy Austin, hosts children who have a sibling with a disability at our office for games, snacks, crafts, and comradery. It is a time for them to feel important and valued but also a safe place to openly talk about their feelings and emotions. That might not happen anywhere else. We talk about the challenges around having a sibling with a disability, and we definitely also stress the positive side of just being a sibling. Many times, the siblings feel overlooked as attention is given to their sister or brother for medical care or other needs. The Sib Talk program gives them “their” time!

Parents have this to say about our program:“Yesterday was my daughter’s first time at the Arc’s Sib Talk. I was hoping she’d find it helpful but I was cautiously optimistic. I’m pleased to report that she had a blast! Her only wish was that the group met weekly. I’m ecstatic. Thank you again for inviting her to join the group and for helping this mom support her child.”“She loves Sib Talk – can’t wait for each meeting.”“My child is building a community of peers.”“My kids have a lot of fun with their friends and treat their little brother well.”“I feel they have benefited from having time with other kids that have a sibling with disabilities.”The kids give these reactions:“I wish the meetings were longer.”“It is super duper fun!”
October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Employment Coalition in Lancaster County recognized those who have shown outstanding accomplishments in the area of employment.

Employee Awards: 
Employee of the Year: Jared Slagle
Newcomer: Maurice Riggins
Progress: Lynsi Szymanski

Employer Awards: 
Small: Tiny Town and Primitives By Kathy
Large: Oregon Dairy

Employment Specialist: Kell Stiner, Vista Autism Services

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