Friday, November 21, 2014

Behavioral Health Support for Military Families

On November 19, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced amendment 2265 to provide access to behavioral health treatment, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA), to children and adults with developmental disabilities in TRICARE, the military’s health care system.  A similar provision was passed by the House in June.  Behavioral health therapy has been shown to be highly effective for children with significant developmental disabilities.  TRICARE currently provid es limited coverage of ABA under three different programs (for a summary, visit )

Ask Your Senators to Support Behavioral Health Care for Children of Military Families

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Twitter Helps Job Seekers at The Arc

Nine volunteers from social media giant Twitter conducted a job-readiness workshop with 25 clients of The Arc San Francisco on Friday, 11/7/14.

The Arc's Howard Street offices were transformed into interview stations where employment candidates met with Twitter "interviewers" from @twitterforgood to get some tips on presenting their best selves to potential employers.

Said one candidate, Kathy, "I want to be prepared and do my best in an interview, so this is good practice for me."

The mock interviews provided an oportunity for participating clients to develop professionally while giving Twitter staff an insight into the potential and challenges of people with disabilities.

The event was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more here:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Twitter Steps Up to Support Arc Clients

Social media giant @twitter will be on-site this Friday, 11/7, conducting mock interviews with job-seeking clients @thearcsf. Kristen Pedersen, Director of Employment Services, is looking forward to a lively workshop that will give Arc job candidates "more experience and confidence so that they are comfortable and successful when they have an actual job interview."
Twitter continues a wonderful trend of companies committed to volunteering time and talents at The Arc. Most recently, LinkedIn led a workshop to help clients create profiles and leverage their professional presentation. Schwab let a class on setting financial goals (Anna: "Save for Vegas, baby!"  Rich: "Get a new computer.")
These partnerships help our clients develop personally and professionally and we encourage more companies to get involved! Contact Kelsey Hermann, Volunteer Manager at or call Kelsey at (415) 255-7200 x120.
Sidenote: Twitter currently employs two clients of The Arc. We thank them for championing their success.