The Arc of the South Shore, a Hingham-based nonprofit that empowers families and individuals of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential, was a finalist in the 2022 Arc Tank competition. The Arc Tank funds innovative and creative ideas that change the way disability services are provided.
The Arc Tank received 333 applications from five countries and 32 states. The Arc of the South Shore was selected as one of four finalists, placing the organization in the top 1 percent of all applications. It applied for funding to develop an online curriculum to expand its SENSational Story Time Yoga program to libraries and community settings across the Commonwealth and beyond.
“The Arc of South Shore’s program was selected as a finalist in the Arc Tank, a social innovation contest designed to positively disrupt how disability services are offered,” said Tim Brown, Director of Innovation and Strategy for Northeast Arc. “The program was selected due to its focus on inclusive programming for young children through a network of libraries, a natural partner in providing community-based resources and activities.”
SENSational Story Time Yoga combines story time with sensory kits and yoga to offer a hands-on educational experience for children with disabilities and their families. The Arc’s proposed plug and play model will replicate the magic of this innovative program, and the agency’s goal is to launch at libraries, schools, children’s museums and day programs. The program is offered in partnership with Christine Walker of Little Bee Yoga Company in Norwell.