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DD Awareness Month Blog: Feeling Empowered

Because I had Down syndrome, all my life I had love and caring and more understanding. I learn how to speak out in the community. I want people to understand me and I am willing to help them. When I first started at ArcGNO, I had new friends to welcome me. I have the feeling […]

DD Awareness Month Blog: What Is It Like to Have a Seizure?

My name is Jessica Lynn Nobles and I am 26 years old. The first time I realized I had a disability was at a very young age in elementary school. I was diagnosed with ADD, hydrocephalus, and epilepsy. Epilepsy has made a major impact on my life for the past 26 years because I never […]

DD Awareness Month Blog: Finding the Right Partner

You have to get to know them for a long time to see if y’all are trustworthy and compatible. You have to be good friends and be there for them no matter what. You need to know if they are special needs or not. If you’ve known someone for a long time and you feel […]

DD Awareness Month Blog: Living with a Disability

I am 60 years old and I go to the Arc. I like the Arc because they treat me real nice. I can decide to self start a lot of my life. For instance, I can purchase my own drink or coffee. I get to work for and with my community. I am very useful […]

25 Years with ArcGNO

For someone who never applied to work for Arc of Greater New Orleans, Michelle Chaisson has had an indelible mark on the landscape of the non-profit. Director of human resources today, many staff would be surprised to learn that Chaisson never had intentions of working in HR, let alone that the department did not exist […]

Krewe of Carrollton shrimp boots decorated by ArcGNO

Krewe of Arc & Krewe of Carrollton Team Up!

Each year, ArcGNO’s social club, the Krewe of Arc, partners with Mardi Gras krewe, Krewe of Carrollton, to help decorate Carrollton’s signature throw – shrimp boots!   Be sure to keep an eye out for these fashionable boots during Mardi Gras!

Sterling Hall Reborn as Arc on the Parkway

When ArcGNO set out in 2010 to renovate 3700 Jean Lafitte Parkway, we had a big vision, inspired largely by Polly Campbell. Polly’s dream was to open a gathering place that would help the St. Bernard community to reconstitute itself. She envisioned a crossroads where those with intellectual disabilities could learn a trade and earn […]

SBP Culinary Classic 10.25.18

1st Annual SBP Culinary Classic

Our annual fundraiser benefiting our operations in St. Bernard Parish has undergone a makeover! The 1st Annual SBP Culinary Classic will feature prominent and up-and-coming restaurants and drinking establishments from St. Bernard Parish. Come enjoy an evening of fine cuisine, drinks, and entertainment. All proceeds from the event will help to fund ArcGNO’s St. Bernard […]

DSP Spotlight: Shirley Blanche

My favorite DSP here at the Westwego Community Center is Ms. Shirley. The reason why I chose Ms. Shirley as my favorite DSP at the center is because she is a very sweet-hearted person to me and others. Ms. Shirley makes me feel important by going out of her way to help me and others. […]