Law 89-313 had a major impact on families that had children
developmental disabilities. As the school districts and the
newly created BOCES began to provide services for the moderately
disabled children and youth , the more severely disabled children
were deemed not appropriate for BOCES Services, thus a need
for a day training program.
parents met with Dr. Sirkin, Wayne County Mental Health, to
discuss their needs.
met, elected officers and decided to move forward and form a
local unit of the New York State Association for Retarded Children.
It would be called Wayne County Chapter of New York State Association
for Retarded Children, Inc.
County Chapter of New York State Association for Retarded Children
was incorporated into NYSARC, Inc..
services were provided to six sons and daughters of those organizing
members in basement of Lutheran Church. Lyons. Barbara Pyle
was teacher/director and she had one teacher, Shirley McNaney,
and a volunteer, Rose Hann, as her staff.
County Chapter purchased a residence at 15 Lawrence St., Lyons
to provide services to 41 children and youth.
Hann, now a paid employee, taught a six week program in August
for 3-8 year old mentally handicapped youth. (5 in a group).
In September, Ms. Hann taught a class at the Lyons house, for
pre-school through Kindergarten age children. This continued
until move to Roosevelt Center in Newark.
Teen Program started at Lyons House. Shirley McNaney was Supervisor.
Winch hired as Teen Coordinator.
Program started in Lyons with Mary Vandevelde as Supervisor.
Program later moved to a shared building with NDC and went under
the name of Community Resource Center. Program then moved to
Murray St., then old Sarah Coventry Building., and finally to
Roosevelt Center and back to its original name of Homemakers.
April, ARC Vocational Center began on Cuyler St., Newark, in
the basement of the Children's Building, at Newark Developmental
Center. Gary Winch was the Director and had 2 full time staff
and 3 part time staff. They provided services to 19 people.
Pyle was appointed Executive Director of Wayne County Chapter,
Vocational Rehabilitation Center moved to former Jackson and
Perkins building on Murray St., Newark and served 31 program
participants and had 6 full time and 1 part time staff. They
placed 2 individuals in competitive employment that year.
Training Center had first Summer Program. Ed Steitler was Program
Director. The Program was called Outdoor Evaluation Program
and it took place in Lyons.
Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Murray St., now providing
services to 62 clients with 8 full time and 2 part time staff.
Thirteen clients were now in competitive employment.
Prescriptive Program for Preschoolers (PPP) started at Lyons
Day Training. PPP name changed to the Infant Stimulation Program
and later to the Infant Development Program(IDP).
Rehabilitation Center serving 105 clients, 22 in competitive
employment. The staff had grown 17 full time and 1 part time.
Counseling Services were begun through the addition of a Rehabilitation
Counselor and solicitation of sub contract work through the
addition of a Marketing Specialist.
Day Training moved from house on Lawrence St., Lyons to Roosevelt
School in Newark.
January, Ann Burk was appointed Director of Residential Services
. The first Community Residence opened at 15 Lawrence St., Lyons
(former location of DTP) for 12 clients.
Wayne ARC Day Training Program took over the established Newark
Developmental Center's Day Training Program which was housed
in a church in Walworth. 114 people were enrolled in the NDC
adult Program which ran 2 days a week, 1/2 day sessions for
12 months. The ARC continued this schedule for 74 people in
Walworth and 40 people (mostly from Family Care Homes) entered
a Wayne ARC Day Training Program held at a church on West Ave.,
Newark. They attended 3 full days a week.
Day Training Program became Day Activities Training Program
with Shirley McNaney as Director.
TABS, Trained Aides as Baby Sitters, started under Homemakers
with Sandra DeForge as trainer.
In September, a Community Residence opened at 57 DeZeng St.,
Clyde with a capacity for 10 clients.
Vocational Rehabilitation Center did intense planning for a
satellite facility in Walworth, New York; plans were discarded
after referral activity fell behind schedule. Grants were received
from NYS Dept. of Transportation for two vans.
A Horticulture Program was started with funding from Office
of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Christine Dombrowsky was
Supervisor. They planted vegetables on land belonging to NDC
and sold plants (tomato and pepper) at Farmers Markets, etc.
Rehab. Center served 174 clients. Approximately 10,000 additional
square feet were rented for program space. Printing Program
began through a grant from OVR. Supportive Apt's opened at Riverside
Complex in Lyons (3 apts).
offices of Wayne County ARC were moved from 515 East Union St.
to 231 Murray St. adjacent to Vocational Rehab Center.
Another Supportive Apt. opened at Riverside.
Vocational Rehab. Center began Remedial Instructions Program
through the addition of a Remedial Instructor and began a Pre-vocational
screening and Training Program.
Day Training Center changed its name to Franklin Roosevelt Center
for Educational Activities (later to Roosevelt Center Preschool).
Vocational Rehabilitation Center added internal Janitorial and
Food Service Programs.
Residential Services opened a CR at 43 Main St., Sodus for 12
clients, 55 and over.
Day Training Program moved from Church of Christ, 219 West Ave.
to 211 West Ave., Newark.
Public Law 89-313 had been fully implemented so that Roosevelt
Children's Center served children between the ages of birth
- 5; The Vocational Rehab. Center served persons with employment
potential; Day Activities Training Program served those persons
(adult) not yet ready for, or interested in employment; the
Residential Program served the housing needs of adults who are
mentally retarded and the Homemaker Program assisted individuals
and families to maintain themselves successfully in the community.
Rehab. Center was awarded a grant through NYS Dept. of Trans.
for 2 new buses and a grant through OVR for maintenance training
program. VRC received its first off-site janitorial contract.
VRC also acquired a truck to offer newspaper recycling.
Residential opened 2 more supportive Apts., one at Riverside
and one in Clyde (Highland). The one in Clyde was only open
for a month.
Wayne ARC did its first visibility campaign. A film of the Agency
was produced and brochures were printed.
Service Program operated a summer week-end concession stand
on a local site-seeing train.
Client transportation fees were established. Horticulture Training
Program opened a retail outlet -- The Flower Stop.
Pyle resigned as Executive Director after 17 fruitful years.
She had seen the Agency from literally nothing to a multi-million
dollar operation. The members of the chapter and, in fact, all
of Wayne County will remain forever in her debt for her contributions
to the disabled of this County.
Charles C. Karsten (Chris) was hired as Executive Director in
the fall of 1984, and within a year was able to complete the
already begun plans for relocating Key Industries (formerly
the Vocational Rehabilitation Center) and the Administrative
and Residential Offices to the present site at 150 Van Buren
Rehab. Center moved to 150 VanBuren St. and changed its name
to Key Industries.
Food Service became a formal training program with the acquisition
of a commercial kitchen. Contracts were begun with Meals on
Wheels and Office for the Aging.
A Prevocational Program was started which served the needs of
those individuals interested in working but not quite ready
to enter the regime of the workshop.
ARC purchased the property at 150 VanBuren St., Newark. Renovations
began for a Seniors Day Activities Training Program.
Key Industries received an ORMDD Day services Grant for workstations
in Industry Program to serve 17 individuals.
Supported Employment became a program option for consumers.
This community based work program provided an alternative for
individuals, not choosing to receive services in the main workshop.
Apartments, formerly located in Lyons, were relocated to scattered
sites in Newark. Two new sites were added bringing the total
number of apts. to 18.
Bob Ritter was hired to replace Sharon McNaney as new Director
of Day Activities Training Program, with Rosa Barnes supervising
Pre-voc. I and II, Ginny Deutschbein supervising the Walworth
site, and Martha Miller supervising 211 West Ave.
Key Industries presented the 1st Employer of the Year Award
to Ed Charnock, Manager of the Ames Store in Newark.
classrooms were renovated for RCC and Wayne County Headstart
because of a large influx of disabled children in need of services.
A Senior's Program joined the list of available services. This
Program was designed to serve the needs of people who had retired
or just wanted to improve their avocational skills. Robyn Shaw
Services opened an Intermediate Care Facility at 14 Ashley St.,
Lyons. The Facility was opened for 10 profoundly disabled children
between the ages of 4 and 21. Glen Everdyke was Program Coordinator.
Renovations to the second floor of the red brick building on
VanBuren St. resulted in an expanded home for the Business Office,
Residential Offices and Public Relations/Training.
Services Department was formalized and now serves as the home
base for Central Intake, Recreation Programs, and a variety
of Family Support Programs.
Children's Center's Infant and Toddler Program moved into a
newly renovated space at 438 East Union St., Newark.
Services opened a Palmyra Community Residence at 416 East Main
St., Palmyra. The house was built to accommodate the needs of
an aging population who require a totally accessible home. It
has a 12 person capacity. A Supervised Apartment Complex was
also built in 1992 at 518 Murray St., Newark for 12 individuals
in 6 apartments. They will live semi-independently with staff
on the premises.
16 Clinic, under the sponsorship of OMRDD, was opened to provide
psychological services, speech and occupational therapies, nursing
and social work to consumers. Peg Cain was named supervisor.
Plans were made to build a new facility for Roosevelt Children's
Center. The decision to proceed was based on the difficulty
of maintaining three Program sites in Newark and the inadequate
nature of the inaccessible space in which RCC was housed.
Individualized Residential Alternative was developed at 808
South Main St., Newark to meet the needs of 3 individuals with
complex medical problems.
In June of 1994, the doors of a new Roosevelt Children's Center
opened at 848 Peirson Ave., Newark. Program options for children
flourish and include many opportunities for children with special
needs and typical children, from the community to learn and
All of the various Day Activities Training Programs were finally
able to move into the VanBuren St. facility.
Key Industries started holding support groups for TBI consumers,
families and advocates.
Industries was approved by the Department of Health to provide
the following TBI services: Service Coordination, Independent
Living Skills, Structured Day Programs, Intensive Behavioral
Program, Community Integration Counseling, Home and Community
Supports, Environmental Modifications and Respite Care.
order to efficiently provide service delivery in a consumer
driven environment, the areas of Day Habilitation, Key Industries,
Clinical Services and Community Services were brought under
the umbrella of Adult Rehabilitation Services. Donna Granger
was named Director.
Residential Services began providing Home and Community Services
to individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries.
April, Executive Director, Chris Karsten passed away unexpectedly.
Under his direction, Wayne ARC flourished into a diverse array
of services and more than tripled in size. Chris Karsten led
the effort in Wayne County for integration of persons with disabilities
into all walks of life.
In July, The Board of Directors of Wayne ARC appointed Thomas
S. Gramley as Executive Director.
28 Clinic opened, under the sponsorship of United Cerebral Palsy.
This Clinic has made physical therapy services available.
Residential Services opened a new IRA at 106 Williams St., Lyons.
It has two apartments housing 2 people each.
In November, the Welfare to Work Program, for Wayne County Department
of Social Services recipients, awarded a formal grant to Wayne
ARC for 20 people.