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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 [...]

By | 2017-03-13T15:48:44+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll, Stories|0 Comments

Transition/Community Coordinator

 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 [...]

By | 2017-03-13T15:39:02+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Chandler Balch – Oh the places you may go!

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 [...]

Introduction to the National ABLE Alliance — March 2, 2017 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

  (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 [...]

By | 2017-02-27T08:53:52+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Create a Tiny House on Wheels that fit’s your future goals

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 [...]

By | 2017-02-24T10:22:04+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Independent Living – Special Tiny House on Wheels

This past Tuesday Tim Carol ad I discussed what they think of independent living and if a Special Tiny House on Wheels may work for them. Check out my discussion with Tim and Carol Lawrence on the notion of independent living and a new potential option. What are your thoughts? If you are interested in more information feel free to contact us  or simply post a comment. Video Link  

By | 2017-02-08T13:53:56+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

The Arc of Pa Commends Gov. Wolf

The Arc of Pennsylvania Commends Governor Wolf’s Budget Initiatives FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Maureen Cronin, Executive Director February 7, 2017 717-234-2621 mcronin@thearcpa.org Harrisburg, PA: The Arc of Pennsylvania is elated with Governor Wolf’s proposed improvements to intellectual and developmental disability services in the 2017-2018 state budget. Governor Wolf’s proposed budget includes initiatives that will increase the opportunities for Pennsylvanians with disabilities to thrive in their communities. The proposed $26.2 million in waiting list funding will ensure 820 high school graduates receive supports so they can transition to community living and employment instead of “graduating to the couch”. Additionally, it will provide funds to serve 1,000 people currently waiting for emergency services through a new Community Living waiver option. page1image6864 Executive Director Maureen Cronin states [...]

By | 2017-02-07T16:34:20+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

Chandler Balch – Legislative Visit

Bringing reality to Harrisburg, through the testimony of those facing real issues. On January 31, 2017 Chandler Balch, student intern for The Arc Alliance, along with other self-advocates from across the state and staff from both The Arc of PA as well as  The Arc Alliance met with several Legislators and their staff to discuss issues facing individuals with disabilities. The meetings focused on key legislative issues concerning those persons with disabilities and their families. The issues presented covered Burden of Proof placed on parents verses school districts, the troubling Waiting List for I/DD Services, lack of funding for valuable services, increased employment opportunities as well as the closure of state institutions. Chandler took an active role presenting concerns focused on the lack of [...]

By | 2017-02-01T13:15:39+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, News & Views|0 Comments

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