Rep. Thomas Murt Addressing Participants at Awareness Walk On a chilly but sunny day several hundred individuals joined Representative Thomas Murt on an awareness walk highlighting intellectual and developmental disabilities. Rep. Murt is a devoted advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. From coordinating awareness events like this walk in Horsham, to advocating and increasing funds devoted to reducing the I/DD and Autism Waiting list for individual services Rep. Murt champions the issues and concerns facing individuals and families in our community. The Arc Alliance commends and thanks Rep. Murt for all his work and support. Scott Camilleri & Rep. Thomas Murt addressing families Scott Camilleri, Executive Director of The Arc Alliance Foundation [...]
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY!!!! FIRST ALERT VIRTUAL RALLY June 18th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We need to flood the Capitol with phone calls to be sure that funding for people with disabilities is in the Governor’s Budget! Here’s what to say: Hello my name is __________________. I am a person with a disability (e.g. developmental, intellectual, autism, physical disability.) I have a family member with a disability. I work with people who have disabilities. This funding proposed by the Governor in February must be restored: Community services for persons with intellectual disability so that 1,100 people can come off the emergency wait list Funding for 100 individuals with autism Funding to expand “Jobs for All” - on the job training for [...]
On Saturday May 12th, The Arc Alliance co-sponsored a rally with Shared Support “Broken Promises to Moms – Rally for the Crisis.” Christine Martin – board member and president of Shared Support with her staff, did a great job recruiting speakers and getting folks out to the rally. Pat from The Arc Alliance, was outstanding as she opened the event and introducing each speaker. Several Moms’ spoke to the crowd of over 275 as did Senator Bob Mensch. There were many exciting moments, however, two of the rally highlights were the spontaneous chants from the crowd, “No More Cuts” and the impassioned open-mic time at the end of the event, where many individuals and family members spoke from their heart. Wish you all could [...]
Governor Corbett’s budget affects those who through no fault of their own, are the most vulnerable children and adults with intellectual disabilities! While the proposed budget call...s for an increase of 3.9% for State Centers/Institutions Governor Corbett is cutting over $146 million of support and services for families! Follow the link for more details on this critical and strategic event! Link to The Arc Alliance Events Page for this and other upcoming events!
In support of families and local providers of services to families and individuals with special needs, we are posting this letter to the editor from David H. Crosson, CEO Indian Creek Foundation. Join us on May 12th at 10am on the steps of the Doylestown Courthouse as The Arc Alliance and other providers and families rally to bring visability to this issue! Letter to the Editor Recently Governor Corbett released his budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2012. The budget he is proposing reduces funding in seven areas of human services by 20 percent each. While we understand the need to manage a tight budget, the Governor’s proposal places a disproportionate share of the cuts on those who are the most [...]