Schenectady ARC After School Services

Schenectady ARC’s innovative after-school program is operated in partnership with the Scotia-Glenville Central School District and the Capital District YMCA. This creates and opportunity for children with disabilities to receive services alongside children without disabilities. This is Schenectady County’s only fully integrated after-school program.

Schenectady ARC’s Elementary After-School Program began operating in September 2005 in direct response to the need for specialized after-school care for children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities residing in the Scotia-Glenville School District. The after-school program operates out of Glen-Worden Elementary School located at 30 Worden Road Scotia, NY 12302. Schenectady ARC supports eight children, ages 5-12 that live in the Scotia-Glenville Central School District. The Elementary After-School Program provides the children with the opportunity to play and learn alongside children without disabilities in social and recreational activities. Learning centers that are offered include but are not limited to arts-n-crafts, math, science and technology, sensory stimulation, building and manipulative activities, nutrition, board and card games, as well as small and large group recreational activities/games, homework help, and community based service projects. The children receive services that are adapted to their specialized needs. A behaviorist is available to develop enriched services for students. They can also implement, and oversee clinical supports such as visual schedules and other visual aids, role-playing, videos, emotional self-awareness, social skill building, coping skills, and involvement with peer mentors.
Our middle school program operates similarly to the Elementary program. Our location is at the Scotia Glenville Middle School. One of the most notable differences in the program is the volunteer programs. High School students volunteer their time with the middle school age student and develop mentoring and tutoring relationships that carry over in to social situations outside of the classroom. This helps breakdown some of the social barriers often present in the school environment.
Our high school program provides respite and recreation services in a community based environment for the academic school year and prepares high school students with disabilities to live and work in the community, as independently as possible. The high school program is designed to provide after school respite and recreation services for high school students whose families would otherwise be without after school respite.

RECREATION Fridays are full of fun. Summer or winter sports in the park, movies and popcorn, board games, skating, mini golf --- these are a few of the many fun activities that happen on Fridays at HSAS.

VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY You will have the opportunity to learn job skills by volunteering at local non-profit organizations.

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS You can learn skills such as using public transportation; managing a personal budget; making simple meals; grocery shopping; personal safety; computer safety; stress and anger management; and self-advocacy.

FAMILY SUPPORT/RESOURCES Parents are invited to evening programs on a variety of services to help with their student’s transition from high school. Respite services can be offered on site.

WORK READINESS TRAINING Getting and keeping a job for the first time can be a challenge. Individuals learn to identify what kinds of jobs are a good match for their skills and interests. They also learn how to develop a resume, find job openings, prepare for interviews, how to behave and communicate at work, and what supports are available to help them succeed at work.