President Biden’s speech announcing the American Jobs Plan, included a MAJOR announcement of an investment of $400 Billion to expand access to HCBS and support the direct care workforce. The plan is linked here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/ Of specific note isn’t only the size of the investment, it is also the inclusion of both services and workforce supports AND the inclusion of a permanent reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person program. There are not a lot of specifics, and The Arc will be working with Congress to figure out how we can operationalize this in legislation. We will need everyone's support to see this important legislation becomes law. This package is expected to take until late summer/early fall to come together. President Biden’s plan will: [...]
Dear Friend, The air is crisp today, and the changing of the seasons is bringing us closer to the holidays. With the economic effects of COVID-19 having a disproportionate effect on individuals and families served by The Arc Alliance, we are anticipating a surge in support requests. I am writing to you today to request your support this holiday season. Every dollar counts and we need your contribution to make a difference in the life of individuals with a disability. COVID-19 has taken so much from the individuals we serve, and their families. Day programs were closed, virtual Early Intervention services have increased stress among parents and caregivers, and adult clients in independent living have been cut off from family and friends due to [...]
March 18, 2020 Dear Friend, Like all businesses in Pennsylvania, The Arc Alliance adjusted our operations due to COVID-19/The Coronavirus. This is an evolving situation that is changing rapidly. The CDC is recommending social distancing and to stay at home to help defeat this pandemic. Our staff are working from home to support the individuals we serve. Our Spring fundraiser, Gin and All That Jazz, is cancelled due to the CDC recommendations. Due to this, we need to ensure our doors will stay open after this pandemic subsides and we can return to business as usual. Since 1951, The Arc Alliance has been in your community serving children, teens, and adults with disabilities. In order to continue this work, we need your help. If [...]
“I am a foster mom and received a phone call for the placement of a ten week old baby who was abused at five weeks old. He suffered a traumatic brain injury. When I met him, I was stunned by his appearance. He held a downward gaze, his body was limp, and he did not have functional use of his limbs. The silence was deafening. He never cried. During discharge, I was taught how to administer his medications, feed him through a feeding tube, and was told he would never make ‘a meaningful recovery.’ It was heartbreaking. I had never cared for a medically fragile child before and I was unsure of what his future held. Colton proved them wrong. One of the [...]
On June 4th we had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Weiss, the Owner & Operator of Perkiomen Valley Brewery, which will be opening at the end of June 2019. It is a local community nano brewery located in the Green Lane area of Montgomery County. The family created a comfortable place to gather in a mobility and sensory friendly environment. The brewery plans in the future to provide jobs for individuals with disabilities that are under-represented in the workforce. Please visit their website: https://perkiomenvalleybrewery.com/ - they are also on Facebook and Instagram! Watch the video below or follow the link to BCTV's website to learn more! https://youtu.be/nVXQwjptVvI https://www.bctv.org/video/employment-innovated-jobs-for-individuals-with-disabilities-6-4-19/
Congratulations Amy Daly and Matt Maikits! Nominated by their supervisors, The Arc Alliance Advocacy Services' Supports Coordinators, Amy Daly and Matt Maikits, were award recipients at this year's Max Award Ceremony. They were nominated for providing excellent support to their caseloads and going above & beyond for their individuals to ensure they are not only healthy and safe but have a quality of life that they deserve.
A special congratulations to Susan Ryan for being awarded "Educator of the Year" at this year's Developmental Disabilities Annual Awards Ceremony. "Susan Ryan is being recognized for her compassion and dedication to the children and families she serves as a Speech and Language Pathologist in Early Intervention through The Arc Alliance Children's Services. Her nominations came from families, other therapists, and colleagues. Susan is respected and admired for her many years of hard work, dedication, and passion. Susan is someone who truly goes "above and beyond" for her children and their families. She takes the time to get to know her children and families. Families that work with Susan know that she truly cares about their children and feel comforted by her willingness to [...]