The Arc in Groton helping children and adults succeed

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — “The Arc” in Groton is a center that helps children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities work in their community.

The goal at The Arc is that everybody succeeds and they have an expectation that everyone can succeed.

“I got hit by a car. I have paralysis on the left side. I use only one side, my right side. It’s always been my strong side,” said Nicholas Carter.

He’s been coming to the Arc for about nine years. He’s a sous chef and enjoys cooking.

Nicholas says he works under his friends Tom, Billy, and Kim, who are also his job coaches. They help communicate with Nicholas and teach him how to do his job.

“Yeah I’m doing very well, I want to be like a chef somewhere, like out in like the community,” said Carter.

“These are people that want to be here. They want jobs. People could be sitting at home watching TV, that’s not what the people in this program want,” said The Arc CEO Kathleen Stauffer. “And if there is an employer out there who can offer somebody a job at minimum wage or higher so they can walk towards optimal independence, that’s a win for everybody.”

“I love it, it’s awesome. I love being here. It’s amazing,” said Carter.

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