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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

State Announces the closure of the Hamburg State Center

In support of Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Alliance has been advocating and working with legislators and administrations for decades to resolve the five remaining state funded centers. Today, The Arc Alliance is proud to commend Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and all those in support for their courageous action in announcing the closure of the Hamburg State Center. Secretary Dallas expects the closure to take approximately 18-24 months. “For the 30 years I have been CEO of The Arc Alliance, my and The Arc Alliance's goal has been to provide individuals with the freedom of choice and the support to live as independent a life as possible. The announced closure of the Hamburg State Center is another [...]

By | 2017-01-12T11:56:08+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll|0 Comments

July 1, 2016 – Pennsylvania Budget – Dismayed…to Angered…to Outraged!

The Arc of Pennsylvania outraged at 2016-2017 budget  The Arc of Pennsylvania is outraged that the General Assembly passed a budget that further deteriorates the community support system for Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Following on the heels of the prolonged budget impasse that left the disability system reeling financially, the 2016-2017 budget phenomenally fails to address serious issues that threaten to throw Pennsylvanians with disabilities back into segregated institutions. The Arc of Pennsylvania and its chapters have met with hundreds of legislators and the Governor to explain what is happening to the disability supports system in Pennsylvania, but in light of the expected final 2016-2017 state budget it appears that the urgency of these issues has been lost on our elected officials [...]

By | 2016-07-01T14:22:28+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Action alerts, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Chandler Balch – Berks County Legislative Breakfast

Berks County Legislative Breakfast Today my blog will be about a legislative meeting update. As you guys know, I have been very, very busy with my legislative meetings. In fact, Thursday I went to a breakfast where we presented several key issues impacting individuals with special needs, their families and the organizations that support them. There were a several legislators there and they all had different opinions. At times the discussions were intense as Paul, the CEO of The Arc Alliance presented complicated details. As part of the larger group I was able to present the issues that are specific interest and concern for me and for many students in similar situation who are unable to speak for themselves. As these meetings [...]

By | 2016-02-29T13:41:03+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Blog, Chandler Balch|3 Comments

Staff recognized for distinguished service

Congratulations! Staff recognized for distinguished service to persons with developmentally disabled! Expect, Receive and Achieve with Us! Congratulations to Linda Chesney, Lori Nichol and Tim Connors of The Arc Alliance for being recognized by Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities for distinguished work with and support of persons with developmental disabilities. The Arc Alliance administration, board of directors and staff are proud of their dedication and commitment to persons with developmental disabilities. These award recipients are representative of the dedication, passion and commitment of all the staff of The Arc Alliance. Linda Chesney and Tim Connors, Supports Coordination staff of The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services are recognized for the care and extraordinary support they provide to persons [...]

By | 2016-02-12T12:46:47+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Arc news, Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Chandler Balch – A teenagers view of the budget impasse

Hello everybody, This is a bit of a long blog but it's important! Today my blog will be about the budget impasse and its effects on organizations like The Arc Alliance and families they serve. Today, I have read a few articles pertaining to the budget impasse. If you did not know, Pennsylvania does not have a budget right now. If you are a typical person you may be thinking, I don’t know why I should care, it doesn’t affect me yet. However, down the road when your kid asks, why is this school program canceled or why can’t I go to physical therapy, you will have to tell them point-blank that the program is canceled and that the therapist isn’t working right now [...]

By | 2015-10-27T13:56:06+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, In the news|0 Comments

Does Harrisburg Care? It doesn’t seem like they do!

Hey Harrisburg, where's the budget? It doesn’t seem like many of our elected officials care about individuals with disabilities. As they are on break without a budget for the state, the citizens of Pennsylvania are the ones who suffer. Rep Gene DiGirolamo a true friend of those with disabilities has introduced a compromise budget which is currently not getting attention. DiGirolamo indicated that he has heard, legislators are not really hearing from constituents regarding supporting the restoration of the 10% cut to the block grants. We can change that today! Harrisburg and political negotiations of the budget impasse might feel like a world away, but the impact of the budget impasse is being felt in every county. The PA General Assembly is currently on break [...]

By | 2015-07-31T20:32:03+00:00 July 31st, 2015|advocacy, Blog, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Chandler’s day in Harrisburg, The Arc’s Advocacy & Policy Day 2015

Hello everybody, Today my blog will be about my day in Harrisburg. Monday April 15th, The ARC Alliance and I went to Harrisburg to speak with some of our legislators. We talked about legislation that we want passed, just like we did when we went down to Washington. Mom and I went down to Harrisburg a day earlier which was good, because like many who travel we had problems checking into the hotel. Mom and I stayed at the Crown Royal which was where the event was held. When we got up to our room, it was a decent size, not too big not too small. The hotel room also had a decent size television with a lot of channels to choose from. In [...]

How to ask TD Bank to donate to The Arc Alliance

Asking TD Bank to donate to The Arc Alliance is easy. All you have to do is: Call TD Bank at 610-792-1455  and ask for Brian Ewing.  Brian, or any associate at your local Branch, can help you. Tell them that you want the bank to donate to The Arc Alliance through the Bank's Affinity Program. If you are an existing business or individual depositor in any branch in the U.S. just give them your name and account number(s).  That's it - you are done.  Just one call. If you are not yet a depositor, Brian (or anyone, at any branch) can help you open an account.  Then just ask the Bank to donate to The Arc Alliance as explained above. Eligible accounts include [...]

By | 2014-09-24T17:59:08+00:00 September 24th, 2014|Blog, Blogroll, Support|0 Comments

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