Joanne Smith

The Arc of Adams County has been continually growing over the years and as we look back at that growth and the partnerships that have developed with Under The Horizon a pottery and arts studio, located in Gettysburg, has a deep love of the special needs community. In 2018, with the help of the Arc of Adams County, a partnership with Easterseals began. The partnership began with offering summer camps and then blossomed into providing an after school program. The after school program provides much dimension for the children to learn, interact, and create. The staff is amazing and their care for the children and the quality of the programming is immediately noticed.

One parent, wrote “Under The Horizon provides the space and talented staff of Easterseals of Central/Western P A’s afterschool program two afternoons a week.. My son enjoys being with a group of teens with assorted special needs. Fun activities include stunning art which now graces the walls of our home It gives my partner and I two afternoons we can relax, do chores and catch up on life. We know our son is challenged and cared for in a loving space.”

This also gives our individuals time and space to grow on their own as well.

The program wraps at the end of May and will begin again in September. It runs on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Transportation, from school, may be included. The program is open to students in Adams County. For more information on the Under The Horizon and Easterseals camps (set to begin in June) or the after school program, please contact Dane Schick at Easterseals at or (717) 741-3891. Contact Cathleen at Under The Horizon at or (717)752-4593.

The partnerships have created a lot of opportunities for our citizens with special needs. As our students begin to transfer from school to living independently. We are learning which agencies to talk to and how to ask for help. Our local business’s are working with our citizens with special needs to learn how to create a positive fit for everyone for possible employment. Our legislators are helping by volunteering with us and showing us how to create legislation to change things for the better. The Arc is also working with self advocates and families to help develop a plan for the future. Being a member of The Arc is so important not only by donating money but giving your time and not just adults but peers of our individuals with special needs class mates etc. It only cost $15 for individuals $25 family all money is welcome. We are also hoping to be a part of the Giving Spree that is on Nov. 7, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. Any donation is useful and very much appreciated. The Arc uses the membership funds so that we can continue to help our citizens obtain the services they need And it provides Friday Fun Night and forums to educate . Please stay tuned for next month’s article I will give you a hint I need to go to the Dr.I don’t drive how do I get there and back home? For more information please contact The Arc of Adams County at 17 Rice Ave., Biglerville, PA 17307, or our website or call the office at 717-677-8487.

JoAnn Smith is the executive director/advocate for The Arc of Adams County.

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