Rachel Simon is an award-winning author and nationally known public speaker. She is most recognized for her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir Riding The Bus With My Sister, which was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the same name. The book has garnered numerous awards, and is a frequent and much loved selection of book clubs, school reading programs and city-wide reads throughout the country.
Ms. Simon will be this year’s keynote speaker at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Anniversary Dinner to be held on June 18th at the Radisson Hotel. The Arc invites the public to come and hear Ms. Simon’s lecture, which will be accompanied by a book signing at the beginning of the evening. Social hour will begin at 5:30p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:15p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased through The Arc’s Community Development office by calling Anne
Van Strander at 315.272.1528, reservations have to be made by June 9th.
2009 marks 55 years of service for The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter. The Agency was founded in 1954 by parents of children with special needs who were concerned about their children’s future. They insisted on providing the best opportunities and family support available to ensure a rich, full life for their children. The parents who began The Arc believed their children could learn and grow to become participating members of the community. Today, The Arc is one of 55 chapters of the statewide NYSARC, Inc.
The Arc offers a full spectrum of services and support. These include educational, vocational, residential, rehabilitation, service coordination, family support, day
habilitation, children’s services, senior services, recreational services and therapeutic rehabilitative services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Rehabilitation counseling, nursing, social work, speech and language therapy for children and adults are also available.