On April 4th, 2017 Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance, interviewed Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), about updates with ODP and the potential impact on individuals and families. Paul Stangle and The Arc Alliance community, thanks Deputy Secretary Thaler, for her willingness to participate and her candid responses in this interview. As you will see there are significant changes taking place and The Arc Alliance is here for you and your family with resources and access to decision makers at each level. Below is the link to the full 27 minute interview. LINK To full interview taped Tuesday April 4th You are also able to view clips of the interview on The Arc Alliance Facebook Page. LINK TO [...]
Important Information for People with Disabilities and Their Families Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program (PA ABLE) is open for enrollment. PA ABLE is an extraordinary, new, low-cost saving vehicle that allows people with disabilities and their families to have greater control of their finances and to plan for a more financially secure future. Saving with a PA ABLE account helps people to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses without jeopardizing government benefits. Plus, savings benefit from several great tax advantages, including tax-free growth when used for a wide range of qualified disability expenses. If you want to learn more about the features and benefits of the PA ABLE Savings [...]
Please contact your state representative and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor to Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre) memo that requires Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop a plan to close state centers by January 1, 2023. Do you know that Pennsylvania has 5 State Centers for Individuals with Intellectual & developmental disabilities? Thankfully there is a plan in place to close the Hamburg State Center, relocating 80 individuals into the community by 2018/19. However that means our state still has 4 State Centers (Like Pennhurst) in existence housing approximately 800+-individuals! This must end! Help those individuals still segregated and isolated in state centers by contacting your legislator and urging them to sign onto Rep. Kerry Benninghoff's Memo. Below is the link. [...]
Berks County Commissioner, Christian Y. Leinbach Presents Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation for March 2017 Today we are pleased to express our appreciation to the Commissioners of Berks County as County Commissioner, Christian Y. Leinbach provides Paul Stengle with a county proclamation affirming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Arc movement is banding together with its 700+ network of chapters across the nation to mark Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month in March. Powered by the energy of self-advocates, families and volunteers around the country, the month will commemorate the progress toward improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and stress the challenges that remain in achieving full inclusion for people with I/DD. Nearly a quarter [...]
The Arc Allaince appreciates the work and support Rep. Thomas Murt provides our community. On Sunday, April 30th Rep. Murt will host his annual Disability Awareness Walk in Hatboro. We encourage you to participate and join with Rep. Murt in raising awareness of the issues our community has through his Hatboro walk. See details below.
Transition/Community Coordinator Date Posted: March 10, 2017 - until Filled The Transition/Community Coordinator performs a variety of functions and activities associated with managing programs/projects that meet the vision of The Arc Alliance. This position requires advocacy, organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, and the willingness to take initiative, and an understanding of and commitment to inclusion and inclusive practices, including community integrated employment. Bachelor’s degree in Human Service or related field, or equivalent experience. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. A minimum of 3 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or job development. Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills. The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet required deadlines. Experience/knowledge with educational, Human/Social Service systems [...]
Below is a press release sent to The Arc Alliance from the Office of Developmental Programs updating the community on Sheltered Workshops and adult day programs.
You can click your heels three times, and say there’s no place like home, but after you say that, where will you end up? Today we are going to discuss pros and cons of different living arrangements that you can use to help your young adult live independently. Understand that this is not an exhaustive list but several issues I have discovered. Also remember that each option has both financial and personal freedom costs that each individual and family needs to consider. For example, what’s the level of freedom/independence are you willing to forgo in order to have specific services? These are not easy questions but essential when looking into the future. First things first, before we discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the [...]
(The following is an excerpt) -- With the recent launch of even more ABLE plans to choose from, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a free webinar focused on introducing you to the National ABLE Alliance. The webinar, taking place March 2nd from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST, will focus on various program characteristics including: Learning the enrollment process of each program; Learning the fees associated with each program; Learning the investment opportunities offered with each program; Identifying how those differences may affect which program best meets your specific needs. In order to prepare for the webinar we encourage you to watch these short informative videos on ABLE [...]
You are invited to create an option that fits your goals The tiny house on wheels phenomena has taken TV and possibly the nation by storm. The question for those with special needs and their family is; Fad or possible solution! Have you planned where your adult child will live in the future? Do you want to see your loved one living happy and independent in their own place? The Arc Alliance is focusing on that specific option by introducing the Tiny House on Wheels. We are looking for families/caregivers that are interested in becoming part of our focus Group to come up with a plan that can be used for our individuals successes. Please RSVP and let us know your interest in being involved in this [...]