Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc (BCArc) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, human services organization offering a broad range of community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism throughout Berkshire and Hampden counties in Massachusetts. BCArc serves more than 600 individuals annually through the following programs:
Advocacy and Family Support:
The Advocacy Department supports and advocates for individuals served by BCArc and their families.
Brain Injury Services:
Currently, 21 individuals are supported in seven homes through BCArc residential programs for individuals with brain injuries. These programs provide services designed to help people with brain injuries learn how to live in a home and in their neighborhood.
BCArc’s day habilitation services are designed for individuals with a wide range of abilities, talents and interests. Individuals supported by BCArc may require intensive supports and skill development in areas of communication, relationship building, self-care, community integration, self-direction, health maintenance, safety and leisure.
Advantage Employee Network fosters joint public/private partnerships for the purpose of increasing and maintaining employment opportunities. Individual’s personal interests and skills are matched with desired work settings.
BCArc’s residential department currently provides supports to 132 people in Berkshire County and Greater Springfield. The department is comprised of 26 programs providing 24-hour supports. BCArc also supports eight individuals living in their own apartments in the community.
Saturday Sensory Integration Program:
This program serves children with autism and other sensory processing disorders through structured therapeutic and recreational activities that improve their gross motor, fine motor and oral motor development. An occupational therapist designs a customized treatment plan for each child. There is also a lending library available to caregivers to borrow equipment used in the program for home use.