Sujata is a wonderful young woman served by The Arc Alliance’s Supports Coordination Organization. She came over to the United States from Nepal in 2011 with her mom, dad, and one of her brothers. In the fall of 2021 Sujata’s parents had to return to Nepal to care for her other brother and she did not want to go with them. She wanted to stay in the US with her brother and her brother’s fiancée, so it was finally time to pursue citizenship for her in order to keep her in the States. Sujata’s SC, whom Sujata does not call by her name but didi (sister in Nepali) asked her why she wanted to stay in the US. Sujata told SC in Nepali, which [...]
Amanda F. is a 32-year-old young lady, best known by Mandi. She is rarely seen without a smile on her face and has an infectious positive attitude. Mandi enjoys spending most of her free time outdoors. One of her favorite outdoor activities is fishing, but don’t worry Mandi always throws her catch back in the water! She loves to hike, kayak, go tubing, and just hang out with her friends. Mandi works at Giant as a grocery bagger. She stated, she loves bagging because she enjoys being around the customers and her co-workers. Mandi has incredible work ethic and takes pride in a job well done. Her friendly and outgoing personality make her a customer favorite. In her future, Mandi would love to live [...]
As a child, Carol found out that she had a brother with special needs who passed away before she was born. This gave her a passion for working with children. Carol was originally going to school to be a teacher. When she learned about her college’s physical therapy program and that she could work with children, Carol was interested. She’s been a physical therapist for over 30 years—including in California, on a Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and 10 years with The Arc Alliance). Carol develops deep relationships with her families that sometimes last past the few years that she serves them. The service coordinators love working with Carol because she is nurturing to the families and a team player. She is that therapist [...]
John Montgomery is a wonderful asset to the Arc Alliance. He always shows up to work with a positive attitude and a smile on his face. John is always a team player and is a joy to work alongside. He handles tough situations with grace and kindness. Seeing the bigger picture for someone is a talent John has. John strives to guide his individuals towards their dreams by discussing what they want in life and providing them a “road map” to get there. Making a connection is easy to do with him as he is very open about how much he cares. Everyone John supports is very lucky to have such a kind and understanding SC.
Tuesday, Governor Wolf signed a proclamation announcing that September 12-18, 2021 is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in Pennsylvania! This week is set aside to honor DSPs for the important work they do supporting individuals with Intellectual Disability or Autism (ID/A). PAR would like to thank Governor Wolf for his support of DSPs and in particular his proclamation of DSP Recognition Week every year of his seven years in office. You can read the full proclamation here. We look forward to seeing everyone celebrate DSP Recognition Week!
Emily has been a Supports Coordinator with The Arc Alliance for 6 years. Emily values the role she plays in enriching the quality of life for others. Emily always maintains a person-centered approach, and ensures that the individuals on her caseload have a voice for what they want in life. Emily has done a fantastic job in securing waiver funding for numerous individuals, as well as linking specific services to match the needs of those on her caseload. Emily is a tireless advocate and never shies away from a challenge. Outside of work Emily is a loving mother of 2 children. Family is everything to Emily, and she enjoys time spent with her husband, daughter, and son. Emily is a super-mom, who enjoys volunteering [...]
Amber Latsha (Support Coordinator) has been with The Arc Alliance for 3 years and her individuals would describe her as friendly, helpful, and outgoing. She is the 2021 recipient of the Kathy Sykes it’s all about community award of excellence. She is a team player who has helped out when there are open caseloads. She also has gone "beyond expectations" during the pandemic and brought groceries to families that didn't have food and has done wellness checks on individuals not on her caseload for suspected neglect. Amber approaches each situation with a positive attitude and always puts the person’s needs and desires at the forefront. She is a fierce advocate for all of her individuals and families.
We are excited to announce that Governor Wolf has signed Senate Bill 664 into law today as Act No. 66. Guidance from the Department of Education for parents and school districts is expected to be released shortly. Parents will now have until July 15th to decide on if they wish for their child to access the additional school year during the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you to all those that helped by joining our legislative zoom meetings and by reaching out to the governor in support.
Students with Disabilities Graduating at the End of the 2020-2021 School Year Must Have Access to an Additional Year!
Students with IDD who are turning 21 and set to graduate at the end of the 2020-2021 school year have lost integral transition services due to COVID-19. TAKE ACTION NOW - Tell Governor Wolf to Sign Senate Bill 664 into Law! Currently, Senate Bill 664 is before the Governor for him to sign into law! This bill would allow students with IDD turning 21 and about to graduate the ability to opt-in for an additional year during the 2021-2022 school year. Parents will have until July 15, 2021 to decide if they wish their child to access the 2021-2022 school year. With the deadline to decide fast approaching, it is imperative that Governor Wolf takes action NOW and signs Senate Bill 664 [...]
We've had the pleasure of being on Jay's team aka Seal team six since November 2015. Jay supervises 6 individuals and takes a person-centered approach in working with his supports coordinators. This is important as instead of the supports coordinators fitting the mold of the supervisor, he has shaped his role to meet his support coordinators needs as they all bring different strengths and needs to the table. Jay is not afraid to step up to the plate and back up a SC who needs support in a difficult situation or just be there for a SC whom needs emotional support. Hopefully Jay will continue his longevity as a supervisor as we could not picture a better supervisor than him!