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 1,000 individuals annually through the following programs:
Advocacy and Family Support: The Advocacy and Family Support Department includes Central and Southern Berkshire County Family Support Center, Respite Services, and an array of advocacy supports. Advocacy services include educational advocacy, family education, service navigation, support groups, social/recreational opportunities, and self-advocacy groups.
Adult Family Care (AFC): AFC is a caregiving program for individuals needing assistance with daily living skills. AFC provides support from a multi-disciplinary team including a registered nurse and a case manager. This is a MassHealth funded program.
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.
Berkshire County Arc has four day habilitation programs:
Center for Development (Lee, MA)
Social Development Center (Dalton, MA)
Crossroads Center for Enrichment (Pittsfield, MA)
Brain Injury Day Program (Lee, MA)
Transitions: Transitions is a community based day service that offers multiple opportunities for growth and personal development. This person centered resource touches all aspects of independent living skills with a strong focus on employment. As employment and greater independence are the overall goals of Transitions, we teach hard skills, such as resume building and job searching; and soft skills, such as problem solving and communication needed to secure employment. A combination of volunteer services, job shadowing and community experiences help individuals increase their skills and be a part of the community in a purposeful way. For more information contact 413-499-4241 ext. 240.
Employment: Advantage Employee Network fosters joint public/private partnerships for the purpose of increasing and maintaining employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Individual’s personal interests and skills are matched with desired work settings.
Residential Services: BCArc’s residential department currently provides supports over 150 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.
Brain Injury Residential: Currently, individuals are supported in many 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.
Autism Outreach Services Program: The Autism Outreach Services (AOS) Program offers insurance reimbursed in-home services for children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The AOS Program utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the delivery of services. ABA is the science of behavior change. Research indicates ABA is the most effective way to increase skill acquisition and promote learning.
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. For more information contact 413-499-4241 ext. 227.
Zip ‘N Sort Mail Services: Zip ‘N Sort Mail Services, the largest mail service business in the Berkshires, maintains an integrated work setting for employees, with and without disabilities. Employees use state-of -the art, automated equipment to satisfy its customer base of nearly 400 local, national and international companies.
Special Needs Pooled Trusts: Berkshire County Arc administers two Special Needs Pooled Trusts: Master Special Needs Pooled Trust; and Family Special Needs Pooled Trust. These trusts protect your family member’s assets while preserving their public benefits.
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 $33 million budget, 700 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:
- “Joseph Andrade Award for Leadership” from the Arc of Massachusetts
- “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.