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 650 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, 41 individuals are supported in 10 homes through BCArc’s 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.
Day Habilitation: 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.
Employment: 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.
Residential: BCArc’s residential department currently provides supports to 132 people in Berkshire County and Greater Springfield. The department is comprised of 27 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.
President & CEO
Kenneth W. Singer
Kenneth W. Singer holds a master’s degree in Human Services and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in Organizational Development from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been employed by Berkshire County Arc since 1980. He has served as President & CEO since 1994 and currently oversees a $32.6 million budget, 670 staff and a large number of services including residential, day, vocational, clinical and family support.
He is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and a board member of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers. Singer is also a member of the National Council of Executives of The Arc. He has received awards including:
- “Richard A. Bond Executive Director of the Year Award” from the Mass Council of Human Service Providers
- “Outstanding Professional Achievement Award” from the National Council of Executives of The Arc
Singer is an associate of Your Personal Best: Workshops For Success, where he specializes in areas such as organizational change, residential services, program consultation and risk management.