Philosophy

Northeast Arc
The mission of the Northeast Arc is to help people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play.

The Spotlight Program
The Spotlight Program fosters the development of social-emotional competence and confidence. Our program provides an array of opportunities and therapeutic services for youth ages 6-22 who struggle to navigate the social world. This includes youth with Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders and other related diagnoses.

Spotlight utilizes a unique, three-part model to facilitate social growth.
1.    Developing trust and alliance between participants and staff to create safe, positive and fun relationships then using those relationships to facilitate social learning.
2.    Using drama, theater and improvisation activities to provide a context for experiential social pragmatic learning.
3.    Creating strong, intrinsic motivation by incorporating participants’ special interests into group activities.

The Spotlight Program is dedicated to the empowerment of youth and their families by responding to their evolving needs with specialized and enriched social programming.