Medicaid Waiver Respite / Community Recreation

Recreation programs provide activities in the community for both adults and teens with developmental disabilities. The programs are designed to educate people of various recreational opportunities that exist in the community while at the same time helping them to meet new people, develop friendships, and have fun! Each program fosters the development of social skills, helps to promote independence, and provides opportunities for community inclusion.

Recreation for Adults

The Medicaid Waiver Respite program is designed to provide short term respite for family members of individuals with developmental disabilities. Individuals must be 13 years of age or older and live in a non-certified residence (such as with a family member) in Onondaga County.  Some of the activities that individuals have been involved in are dances, movie making classes, acting with The Redhouse Arts Center and much, much more! Transportation to and from events is provided for most activities.


ArtSurge is an art program for teens ages 13-18 who have been diagnosed with autism or an autism spectrum disorder.  Utilizing arts as an outlet, ArtSurge supports the social, creative, and sensory needs of the individuals it serves by allowing participants an opportunity to understand the creative process from conception to completion – promoting communication, self-expression, trust and socialization skills.  The program offers various forms of artistic expression that revolve around a theme that culminates into a final project at the end of the year that may include various activities such as; photography, painting/watercolors, drawing, fabric design, sculpture, food design, dance, puppet making, yoga and movement.

Family Respite Reimbursement Program

Respite Reimbursement Program is designed to provide funds in order to assist individuals and their families access to respite services and goods deemed appropriate to meet the needs of the person being served.  The program is designed to assist family members by giving them some relief from full-time caregiving and may also potentially increase social interactions for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Funding is intended to complement, not supplement, other support and assistance programs.

Respite by Design

  • Onsite and community interactive day supports are available Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm for people who live at home with their families
  • After School Respite/Recreation opportunities are available for pre-teens, teens and young adults
  • Person-centered combination of supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Activities include but are not limited to:
    • Music and Movies
    • Reading
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Games
    • Community outings
    • Seasonal activities
    • Homework Help

Summer Fun Program

The goal of the program is for Arc of Onondaga to provide the needed supervision and supports for people to successfully attend and participate in existing programs of their choice.

  • This is a grant-funded program that allows Arc of Onondaga to pay staff to provide one-to-one support for people ages 8-18 to fully integrate into existing summer programs or camps such as Town Recreation Activities, YMCA and Day Camps.
  • Many people require a level of support and supervision that exceeds what existing camps, community activities, clubs, etc. may offer.
  • Support will be provided on a one-to-one basis and individualized to the person for up to two weeks.
  • Staff work directly with the person to provide the supports during the activities.

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