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Paul Stengle’s interview of Nancy Thaler Deputy Secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs

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 [...]

By |2017-04-05T12:40:23+00:00April 5th, 2017|BCTV shows, Blog, Blogroll, In the news, News & Views|0 Comments

Help Close State Centers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

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. [...]

By |2017-03-29T11:25:32+00:00March 29th, 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 [...]

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+00:00February 1st, 2017|Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, News & Views|0 Comments

Chandler Balch – My last year in School

I can’t believe where time has gone, but in June of 2017, I will be graduating from high school and starting the next phase of my life.  Over the next couple of months, I will be taking you along with me as I prepare to graduate from high school.  My blogs will explain to you the different processes that I must complete and decisions that I must make before I graduate.  These include guaranteeing that my current services continue, decisions about where I can live, and whether I will continue my education or if I’ll get a job. Curiosities about waivers after high school? Don’t kill the cat, read this instead! Today’s blog will be about the waiver application process. At the conclusion of [...]

By |2016-12-20T14:16:11+00:00December 20th, 2016|Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch|1 Comment

Representative Thomas Murt Disabilities Awareness Walk – April 3, 2016

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 [...]

Chandler Budget Impasse

I'm not sure Harrisburg cares! We need to let them know that we care and we can make a difference! Paul Stengle Addressing Families Today the blog will be about the meeting with legislators that The Arc Alliance held on November 12th. There were about six or seven legislators present. The reason they were having this event was because of the recent budget impasse. Pennsylvania still does not have a budget! Legislators Addressing Families The Arc Alliance wasn’t the only organization present. There were many other human services organizations also there to tell their stories. There were also parents there to advocate for their children. Some of the stories they told were very emotional, you could see it on their [...]

By |2015-11-30T09:36:29+00:00November 30th, 2015|Action alerts, advocacy, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, In the news|2 Comments

Families in Crisis Montgomery County Human Services Roundtable Budget Cuts and Impasse

  On November 12th The Arc Alliance, Resources for Human Development and the MAX Association joined together in hosting a legislator discussion with families who have a loved one with special needs. Over 110 individuals representing families and providers of services and support came together with 10 legislators and Aids from Montgomery County to tell their stories of the budget impasse and how it is affecting their family. The legislators heard many examples of how the lack of a budget is impacting their loved one as well as requests for expansion of funding for Human Services in the future. Several families presented how their children, who graduated from High School this past May have been pushed to the margin because no new individuals with intellectual [...]

By |2015-11-13T10:16:12+00:00November 13th, 2015|Action alerts, Arc news, Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, 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+00:00October 27th, 2015|Blog, Blogroll, Chandler Balch, In the news|0 Comments

PA Legislative Day and Rally May 4, 2010

The Arc of PA and PARF held a legislative rally in Harrisburg at the capital on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The rally was in support of adequate funding for people with disabilities to demonstrate public support for adequate funding for community programs for people with disabilities. Several Staff and self advocates from The Arc of Montgomery, Berks & Bucks Counties attended. The rally called for legislature to fund increases to meet emergency needs for individuals with disabilities. The Arc of PA distributed information explaining the need. Unless the legislature acts now to add funding to the state budget proposals, funding for PA community-based services for individuals with developmental disablement. Issues include: Over 700 young people are leaving special education and transitioning to adult life. [...]

By |2010-05-05T16:05:34+00:00May 5th, 2010|Blog|0 Comments

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