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Federal agency ID’s The Arc Ontario’s Eberhardt Center as ‘national model’

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The Arc Ontario’s Eberhardt Center has garnered exceptional praise following a federal review by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, which hailed the program as a “national model.”

The commendation was highlighted during a visit on October 4 by Erik Geizer, CEO of The Arc New York, and senior leaders from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), who toured the facility to witness the acclaimed services firsthand.

The visit was not only an opportunity to showcase the exemplary services provided at The Arc Ontario but also a celebration of the organization’s successful creation and maintenance of high-quality programs. Ann Scheetz, Executive Director of The Arc Ontario, expressed pride in the national and statewide recognition the center has received. She attributed this success to the organization’s culture and the dedication of its staff, which are evident across the center’s offerings.

For over three decades, the Eberhardt Center has been an integral part of The Arc Ontario’s Day Services, providing an enriched learning environment that emphasizes wellness and independence. The center also features the Creative Expressions program, which offers music, art, and horticulture classes, fostering social and communication skills through creative outlets. Additionally, the center’s therapeutic pool serves individuals with various medical needs, and its sensory room further supports the well-being of those with developmental disabilities. For more information on The Arc Ontario’s services, the public is encouraged to visit their website or contact them directly.