At age 19 Rebecca Gleason was just like every other teenager.
Until two weeks after graduating high school. She got in a car accident and was in a coma for a month. Her brain was severely injured and when she came out of the coma life wasn't going to be the same.
Those with autism, and for brain injured and the developmentally challenged should be treated just like everybody else and BC Arc tried to do just that.
Through numerous programs throughout the county, BC Arc doesn't just provide support and advocacy for those people, they work hard to integrate them back into the world.
UCP is just one of a dozen local agencies working to provide resources to young Kaylee Rae Thompson and other individuals living with a wide range of disabilities. Friday's breakfast was a chance to recognize their triumphs, appreciate the social workers, aides and family members who provide them with support and advocate for needed state funding.
The breakfast was a chance to let local legislators — state Reps. John Barrett III and Tricia Farley-Bouvier and state Sen. Adam Hinds, represented by his aide A.J. Enchill — know the importance libraries hold as centers of communities. And to encourage those in attendance to spread the word about writing letters in support of the Board of Library Commissioners' budget requests.
Berkshire County Arc celebrated the efforts of clients like the Mozos and its employees on Friday morning and helped the Berkshire delegation get an idea of how critical the agency is in the lives of some of the county's most vulnerable.