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Shawn's Story

Shawn Fultz is confident, smart and determined. He can most definitely run circles around most of us with his thrill-seeking energy and enthusiasm to try new and exciting athletic ventures, including sled hockey and skiing.

He credits much of his success in these areas to The Arc of Rensselaer County. “I’m in a much better place now than I used to be in,” he said, explaining that he is receiving the level of care that he needs to function at his best. And his best possible level is pretty amazing.

“Imagine going down Jiminy Peak at 40 mph? That was fun!” he explained with a smile of joy in his face. However, while that was a thrill for him, with humor he’d categorize his ski diving and bungee jumping experience into the ‘what was I thinking category.’ His athleticism and thrill of sporting seems to be kept mostly to land… curvy and ice-packed land!

He looks forward to the upcoming winter season and his second year in hockey and skiing. “I can’t wait to get back on the ice and slopes!”

However, another goal he has in sight is to complete a 11 day, 372 mile Erie Canal hand-cycling tour with motivational speaker and disability activities John Robinson. This event is done annual as part of disability awareness.

One thing is for sure, whatever Shawn sets his sights on, he is sure to attempt and complete with swift, successful and proud accomplishment.

Sled hockey team after 2nd place finish at Sled Hockey Tournament in Syracuse

Testimonials and Success Stories

Lauren's Story

Meet Lauren, a young woman who has an upbeat, energetic, engaging personality along with a remarkable enthusiasm for life. Her interests include the medical field, forensic science, and sports. Lauren has become a first responder with the Hoags Corner volunteer ambulance company where she has been a member for over a year.

But one of the most important parts of Lauren’s life was her love of music. This love for music led her to meet Rachel, an employee at The Arc of Rensselaer. One day, Lauren was rockin’ out in the hallway with drum sticks and air drums. Rachel asked her if she played drums. She replied, “Yes!” and insisted she was going to be a rock star!

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Our Mission

The mission of The Arc of Rensselaer County is to advocate for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay.
The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals.
The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.

The Arc of Rensselaer County
79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-1125
(518) 274-3110

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