The Arc of Woodbury Summer Program
April 3, 2020
For Immediate Release
Since before 1975, The Arc or Woodbury County has provided summer school opportunities for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Up to 100 individuals from Woodbury County have annually attended summer programming organized by certified teachers and a staff of teacher assistants. Since 2018, individuals from Plymouth and Sioux Counties have joined the program for summer learning. Classes provided reinforcement of learning from their educational programs and expanded their opportunities to develop their socialization skills and an understanding of their communities.
The Board of Directors for Arc have made the very difficult decision to postpone summer activities in 2020 due to the many barriers which exist as a result of the pandemic spread of Covid-19. It is our responsibility to align with current efforts to curb the spread of the virus by limiting socialization and education which results in large groups of people at a site and to protect those who may have attended the program that are medically fragile and need to be exceptionally careful to remain safe. We are very aware of the impact for these young people and the many staff but in consideration of caution, we have made this decision.
The Arc of Woodbury County facilitates a summer learning program for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/D). The program has been in operation for more than thirty years and is the only one of its kind in Western Iowa.
Participants are provided a safe learning environment that ensures maintenance and enhancement of learning and social skills acquired during the academic year. Additional programs in healthy living, life skills and community awareness build on the quality of the program.
Educational programs and training meet the standards proposed by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA).
Program staff are certified and trained
- Lead teachers are certified
- S/P class utilizes a certified nurse as lead teacher
- Staff are CPR trained and two have advanced CPR training
- Three teachers are MANDT certified and all teacher receive MANDT in-services.
A Life Skills Curriculum
- Teaches daily living, self determination and interpersonal skills
- Integrates socialization and academics
- Stresses behavior and social skills development
- Maintains routines and structure
- Provides a student/staff ratio determined by the needs of the students
- Provides activities that are individualized
- Provides leisure time activities that are embedded through the curriculum
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Research and Curriculum
Research findings strongly support that quality summer school programs do enhance the life skills for the individuals being served. The community benefits by saving money and having individuals with disabilities display social behaviors that make for good community citizens. Learn more
Impact and Outcomes
Data has been collected for three years on students attending the Arc's summer program. Findings shared in this report have been taken from the 2016 summer program. Previous year findings were very similar. Learn more