2020 ARISE Online Auction

September 16, 2020

Thanks to you ARISE is continuing to provide essential support to people with disabilities despite the challenges of COVID-19!  Just like the impact on families and businesses, the pandemic is changing how we do business.  We’ve switched to an on-line auction because our dinner silent auction was cancelled. You can help! Share this link with your […]

UNIQUE Art Exhibit is Open at the Everson Museum

August 24, 2020

ARISE will showcase the talents of 40 Central New York artists at the Everson Museum of Art now through September 27, 2020.   This year’s UNIQUE 20th anniversary exhibit has poetry, watercolors, oil on canvas, digital art, poetry, mixed media and sculpture all created by local artists with disabilities. This literary and artistic endeavor is […]

State Fair Memories

August 20, 2020

Since we won’t be having the great NYS fair this year,  I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I experienced in 2019.  Normally I go to the fair at least once, last year I went on opening day.  I usually ride the bus from Shoppingtown but due to a different drop off point near […]

Farm Camp 2020 is Open

July 29, 2020

ARISE at the Farm will be conducting Farm Camp 2020 in three one-week sessions. The first session will be held August 10 through August 14, the second session August 17 through August 21, and the third session August 24 through August 28. Farm Camp is open to all children, with preference given to children with […]

ARISE Is Counting On You To Be Counted

July 27, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau has identified people with disabilities as a hard-to-count population, which means they are at a greater risk of being undercounted in the 2020 census. It is critically important for people with disabilities to be fully and accurately counted to better ensure their voices are heard by elected officials at all levels […]


A Simple Global Pandemic Pleasure

July 19, 2020

One major difference I personally experienced during COVID-19 was getting a haircut.  After quarantining for over three months, I needed to go online to schedule the appointment which was a new procedure.  This was one of my first outings, so I was happy to leave the apartment.   Upon arriving, I felt like a shaggy […]


Helping People See Disabilities Differently

July 13, 2020

More often than not people don’t know how to relate to individuals with disabilities. I’m talking about people in wheelchairs, visually impaired people, people with developmental disabilities, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people who can’t speak, or people with a cane or walker to name just a few.  My advice is don’t […]

Quarantine Vitamins

June 18, 2020

Vitamins and minerals are necessary for the roles they perform in our bodies.  They strengthen bones,  heal wounds,  and step up our immune system. Eating the best foods – meat,  fish,  poultry,  beans,  vegetables, nuts, and oils are very important.  Good nutrition is a link to increased immunity.  A few months before the quarantine a […]

A Message to the Community from ARISE’s Leadership

June 16, 2020

COVID-19 has laid bare the inequities and disparities in this country, with marginalized communities defined by race, age and disability suffering the brunt of the pandemic’s brutal consequences. Then a nation watched George Floyd die. The hashtag slogans “We are all in this together” changed to “I can’t breathe.” The racism at the core of […]

ARISE Adaptive Design Program Update

June 5, 2020

ARISE Adaptive Design’s program coordinator Connor McGough presented a live Facebook update of the Adaptive Design program. Without being able to work with volunteers in the workshop due to recent events, 3-D printing has been one way ARISE Adaptive Design can still offer adaptive equipment that can make life more accessible and enjoyable.  In the video, McGough […]